Tooth Numbness: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment in DFW Area
If you have a toothache or have been dealing with numbness in your teeth, Dr. Cory Nguyen at Beyond Dental and Implant Center can help. Contact us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 13655 Preston Rd Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75240.
Table of Contents:
Why can a tooth feel numb?
What are the causes?
What can you do about a numb tooth?
What are the treatment options?
If you are suffering from a numb tooth, the last thing you want is to worry about what the cause is and whether it needs urgent treatment. After all, there are plenty of reasons why your teeth can become numb or feeling not right.
Numbness in the teeth is common, it can occur in one or more of your teeth. Usually, a toothache is felt before you get numbness in your teeth. However, if you have several teeth affected by this condition, we strongly recommend visiting your dentist to avoid further complications.
Numbness occurs when the nerve endings found inside the tooth or gum become exposed or inflamed. An injury may also cause numbness to the teeth. Numbness in the teeth may also happen if there is a problem with the root canal area of your tooth. The nerve endings in your tooth might have become exposed because of a crack in the enamel. A cracked tooth can cause pain and discomfort, but it can also lead to numbness if the nerves inside are affected.
Before going to the dentist, it’s always a good idea to figure out what is causing your tooth pain. That way, you can fully and confidently communicate with your dentist.
The causes of tooth numbness could be related to any of the following:
• Tooth disease like cavities or periodontal disease – This is an infection on the roots of the teeth that can eventually lead to tooth loss if not treated properly.
• Tooth decay – One sign of numbness is a lack of feeling too hot or cold temperatures.
• Infection – A tooth infection can cause throbbing pain, swelling and tenderness, which could also be a sign of an abscessed tooth.
• Trauma – If you hit your teeth too hard, trauma can result in pain, sensitivity, and even damage to surrounding tissues.
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the soft tissue surrounding the teeth.
Various dental and medical problems can cause a numb tooth. A dentist should determine the cause of tooth numbness through an examination. Other possible causes of a numb tooth include:
Pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding a partially erupted wisdom tooth. This often occurs when a wisdom tooth erupts and becomes trapped beneath the gum line.
Tumors. Tumors can grow on the roots of healthy teeth. These tumors — which are usually benign — are most likely to occur in people older than 50.
If you have been experiencing severe sensitivity followed by numbness, it is time to see your dentist immediately. Dr. Cory Nguyen will conduct a thorough examination and ask questions about what you have been doing recently to identify a problem with any of your teeth.
Numbness in the teeth is something that can be very annoying, and it is something that needs to be treated as soon as possible because if you do not treat it, it can lead to some significant problems.
Treatment of tooth numbness depends on the cause. Treatment for a cavity includes getting the tooth filled. Treatment for gum disease may involve deep cleaning of the teeth, removing tartar, and smoothing rough spots on the surface of your teeth. Whatever the cause, treatment is best done sooner than later.
If you are experiencing tooth numbness, it is essential to know that many treatments are available to help eliminate the pain and numbness. In addition to treating the cause of the pain, your dentist will perform some preventative work and give you a treatment plan that reduces your chances of having a tooth problem in the future. The first step in stopping the pain is to visit.
Dr. Cory Nguyen at Beyond Dental and Implant Center can help you figure out the cause and recommend a treatment plan. We serve patients from Dallas TX, Plano TX, Addison TX, Garland TX, Richardson TX, Carrollton TX, and BEYOND! We look forward to meeting you!
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