There are different ways to successfully prevent and treat pain. You should express your Christmas concerns with your treating dentist and come up with a plan before you leave the office.
Scott M. Dubowsky, DMD
Brett E. Gilbert, D.D.S.
chamber you may have pain with hot, sweet and cold. The chamber sends out the nerve, artery and vein grouping to each tooth. Once decay reaches the chamber, bacteria, part of the decaying process now starts to grow. The increase in the number of bacteria along with the toxic chemicals they excrete, starts destroying the nerve, artery and vein in each tooth root. Your tooth may start hurting on its own. We've discussed what is happening with the tooth in your mouth. Now what's going on with the root area is where your problem may be. While your tooth's artery, nerve and vein are being destroyed in the chamber. Dead bacteria and toxins are traveling down your tooth's root(s). Your body knows there is an infection and sends out an army of cells. You may start hurting. You may start to swell. If you were given an antibiotic to treat the infection, the infection may be gone, but the waste products from infection and maybe some still living bacteria are still irritating the tooth root area. There is a membrane surrounding your root area. We call that tooth supporting membrane, the periodontal ligament or PDL. When we bite down, the PDL acts like a trampoline, The springs on the trampoline gives you movement and the spring like action of the PDL adds to the enjoyment of eating. The area below your tooth still has a nerve artery and vein. This area may be irritated from the RCT process and/or the infection. It may take time to settle the inflammation down.