Tooth Nerve Damage Causes, Symptoms | Treatment for Dead Tooth Nerve


Nerve Has Died In My Tooth Why?


Causes of Dead Tooth Nerve

There are several reasons for the death of the tooth nerve. Here are some of the causes:

  1. The most common cause for nerve tooth damage is a cracked tooth or damaged deep filling.
  2. Severe tooth decay tends to reach the pulp of the root and causes nerve damage. This infection may be secondary to tooth fracture or damage or may be due to poor dental hygiene
  3. In situations when an individual grinds his teeth or clinches the jaw, nerve damage is possible. This condition is referred to as Bruxism.
  4. Chipped tooth may also lead to nerve damage. Chipped tooth are usually weaker than normal tooth and can’t handle the stress of biting or chewing, which in turn can result in further damage to the tooth and the nerve.
  5. Direct blunt trauma to the jaw area can also damage the nerve pulp and result in nerve death.

Immaterial of the cause of the nerve damage, the nerve tissue seldom recovers. Root canal treatment is the only course of action available which involves the removal of the damaged pulp after which the tooth is sealed off.

A crown should be placed on the tooth within six months of the treatment which protects the tooth from force during biting and chewing.


  1. Fem said:

    My upper incisor got cracked and it has affected my nerves badly overtime because I just took some analgesics and antibiotics and the pain went off. But now the pain is worse and my gum is swollen and I am in deep pain. I am going to see the dentist tomorrow but don’t know what is going to happen? I don’t want to lose my incisor. Can I have an artificial tooth done?

    April 16, 2012
    • PUP said:

      I know how annoying and terrible toothache is. But do not get impatient and anxious. Wait till tomorrow, your dentist is going to examine your teeth. He will do his best to preserve the teeth. Besides the prescribed medicine given by your dentist, try a simple home remedy such as salt water rinse. It is found to do wonders in ameliorating toothache.

      April 17, 2012
  2. KC said:

    I went to a dentist to get my cavities checked. I got a white filling done to replace the old one. I have a strange feeling around the tooth leaving me with my tongue always wanting to play with the tooth. It gets worse after smoking. I stopped smoking but still this strange feeling leaves me to suck against the gum line and tooth. After a year, this strange feeling persists. I had several cleanings done when I complained about this to my dentist. Now my gums are swollen. Is this strange feeling due to white filling? I never felt pain but only a dry sticky irritated feeling. Do I have a dry gum problem?

    February 13, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Your dentist can only provide the right answer to your query. However, if you are taking any medicines such as anti histamines, sedatives, anti depressants they can give rise to dryness in mouth. Also, diabetes can be a cause for such problem in mouth. You can use gels, toothpaste, mouthwash that are available to keep your tongue and mouth lubricated, but you should consult your doctor before using it.

      February 15, 2013

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