When the patients in the Region of Murcia They don't take care of their mouth as they should, or sometimes because of a blow, the dentist gives us the bad news that we have to 'kill the nerve'.
Nerve killing" is actually called "nerve killing". endodonticsWhat does this procedure consist of? We describe it below in today's post.
1. The tooth contains a series of nerves and blood vessels (called dental pulp) that provide the tooth with the sensitivity and nutrients it needs.
2. As adults, the tip of the root, which is where nutrients and innervation enter the tooth, narrows. This means that when the pulp is irritated, it is unable to heal and even dies.
3. If we have an untreated cavity, the infection deepens until it reaches the pulp, and the pulp dies.
4. Endodontics consists of removing this tissue to prevent it from becoming inflamed or dead, causing pain, infections, etc.
5. The procedure consists of one or several sessions, depending on the severity of the situation.
6. The first thing to do is to access the pulp. This is done through a small hole made through the tooth.
7. Once we have reached the pulp, it is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned using very fine instruments specifically for this task.
8. Once everything is clean, the root canals are filled with a plastic material called gutta-percha. This will ensure that there is no gap left inside the tooth so that it cannot be invaded by microorganisms that could cause disease again.
9. Finally, the entry hole is covered with a filling. Depending on the amount of decayed tissue, the dentist may advise a tooth reconstruction, or even a ceramic 'crown'.
Therefore, "killing the nerve" is not really "killing the nerve", as it is often already dead, but rather cleaning the ducts where it is located to avoid infections and pain. With this, we manage to prolong the life of our teeth, keeping them in our mouth to continue chewing normally, being a treatment of choice whenever we can do it successfully.
Emilio Gil López
Degree in Dentistry
Exclusive dedication to endodontics and restorative dentistry.