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Have you ever had a severe toothache that lasts for 2 or 3 days and then magically disappears? Be very careful, it could be a warning sign that something worse is coming. In this article we will tell you about pulp necrosis and how to treat it.


Pulp Necrosis

Pulp necrosis means that the pulp of the tooth has died because of an acute infection, usually caused by an untreated dental decay. When caries perforates the tooth, it attacks the dental pulp to the point of killing it, hence the intense pain that lasts for a few days! The pain disappears because the tooth is left without nerve endings. There are two types of pulp necrosis, depending on the affected area:


- Total. This is when the entire pulp dies.

- Partial. When only a part of the pulp dies.


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What is dental pulp?


The dental pulp is the soft tissue found inside each tooth that contains the nerve, blood vessels and connective tissue. The main function of the dental pulp is to provide nutrients to the tooth, which is why its loss is so serious and delicate.


How pulp necrosis is treated


Unfortunately, there are not many options for this condition. The treatments to treat a necrotic tooth are endodontics or tooth extraction. When the severity of the necrosis is considerable and saving the tooth is impossible, extraction will be required. In the case of a root canal or endodontic treatment, it is performed when the necrosis is partial and only the dead pulp tissue will be removed from the tooth.


Consequences of not treating pulp necrosis


As it is an intense pain that disappears after a few days, most people ignore it and do not consult a specialist, leading over time some complications such as:


- Abscesses

- Sinusitis

- Periodontitis

- Bone loss

- Loss of teeth

- Infections


It is very important to remember that you should not neglect the pain signals that your body sends you, as taking care of them can prevent us from several diseases. Take care of yourself and your teeth.


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