Teeth have nerves inside their roots. Sometimes the nerve inside the tooth can die. The nerve can die as a result of a deep cavity or filling in the tooth or because of trauma to the tooth. Often a tooth with a dying nerve can be very painful, though occasionally the nerve dies off un-noticed.
Teeth with dying nerves can be painful, whilst a tooth with a dead nerve is at risk of developing a dental abscess.
One solution would be to extract any tooth with a dead or dying nerve. Normally it is possible to root-fill the tooth instead.
Root filling involves removing and dead or dying nerve from the root canal in the tooth, cleaning the root canal and filling the root canal with a root filling material. Most of our root canal treatments are carried out by visiting specialist endodontist, Philip Mitchell. Visit his website at root-treatment.co.uk to find out more.