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Reasons Why Your Diseased Tooth May Throb
Posted on 9/7/2020 by Dr. Yokoyama
Reasons Why Your Diseased Tooth May ThrobWhen you have an inflamed tooth, you often will know it. Not only will the tooth throb, you will feel excessive pain, all which must be treated immediately. To understand why this happens, you need to review the internal structures of the tooth and its pulp.

Tooth Anatomy 101 – Why Teeth Can Hurt from Dental Decay


Usually, when a patient is in pain and their tooth is throbbing, it is due to an abscess. The pulp inside a tooth, which contains the tooth's blood vessels and nerves, will die if the decay leads to inflammation or an infection. In turn, the dead tissue forms a pocket of pus and bacteria known as an abscess. A cavity can lead to the formation of abscess, as germs can get into the opening. We may have to treat the tooth in one of several ways when the pain is severe. A treatment for an abscess may include the administration of antibiotics to get rid of the infection and the draining of the abscess.

How Is an Abscess Treated When the Tooth Is Cracked or Decayed?


Most throbbing or pain from an abscess is produced from deep decay. If a tooth is cracked or decayed, we will perform root canal surgery. During a root canal, we will remove the infected pulp that holds the nerves and blood vessels. The pulp is located below the second layer of the tooth, known as the dentin. We will then fill and seal the tooth after the canal or canals have been cleaned and disinfected.

If you have an abscess or your tooth is throbbing and in pain, don't delay calling us. An abscess can turn into a serious health condition, as the infection can spread to other areas of the body. Give us a call now if you feel your tooth needs a root canal or similar intervention. Taking immediate action will save your tooth and prevent further medical issues.

Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S in Encinitas, CA
Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S
Dr. Yokoyama
477 North El Camino Real #C-306
Encinitas, CA 92024


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