Inflammation of the tooth can originate from untreated tooth decay (dental caries, cavities)
Inflammation of the tooth occurs when one of your teeth has a large lesion of tooth decay which is not treated. As long as this decay is on the outside layer of the tooth (enamel) or in the dentin (layer below the enamel), the tooth does not hurt. However, once the decay reaches the center of the tooth and bacteria infects the nerves and blood-vessels, acute pulpitis occurs. The pain then resembles “a whip of a lash”, a pulsating pain which is sharp. Some patients report having a “beating” feeling inside the tooth. This pain is truly a complication. People find it hard to sleep since the tooth hurts the most when the person is lying down at night. It is imperative that the tooth is treated immediately – the dentist will remove any tooth decay and will carry out a trepanation, i.e. will clean the root canals. Simply said: the inflammation is a complication resulting from tooth decay – without the decay, the inflammation would not take place.
Dental follicles begin with tooth decay
Even dental follicles are associated with tooth decay (dental caries, cavities) and inflammation of the tooth. “The so called dental follicles occur when you come late to a dentist following inflammation. Once you can feel pulsation in the tooth, it is important to treat it immediately. After its opening, blood pours out of the tooth, which is a sign of it being half-alive. However, many patients treat the pain with painkillers. The tooth ceases to hurt and dies off. However, bacteria travels through the bone tissue and can cause inflammation surrounding the roots of teeth (periodontitis). This inflammation either does not hurt, or hurts only when a bite occurs. If a person is healthy, the body’s immune system can deal with such an inflammation by itself. On the other hand, the inflammation can prove life-threatening since it has the potential to spread to surrounding tissues. The symptoms are often strong pains, swelling and fevers. In such a case, it is essential to seek out the help of a dentist immediately,” explains MDDr. Zdeněk William Pelc, CMC’s lead stomatologist.
Prevention of dental follicles
The preventive measures are equal to those associated with tooth decay - it is essential to undergo frequent removal of dental plaque by thoroughly cleaning the teeth at least two times each day, naturally associated with the cleaning the teeth with interdental toothbrushes and dental floss. The size of the interdental brushes should be determined by your dentist or a dental hygienist. It is important as well to limit your consumption of sweet or sour foods as well as visiting a dentist two times a year for preventive checks. If you have any pain in your teeth, find tooth decay or when your filling falls out, immediately contact your dentist.