Taking care of your oral health by keeping your teeth and gums healthy is imperative.
However, if you are experiencing toothache, it could be a sign that you have what is known as ‘cavity’.
For the slightly annoyed – luckily it doesn’t really mean you have a worm living in your tooth.
A dentist explained what it is and why you need to get it checked out urgently.
Post it on TikTok Ben Winters Respond to a patient’s video.
The dentist at Wincrest Orthodontics in Texas, USA, commented on the fact that a worm-like object was removed from a patient’s tooth during an operation.
“It’s actually the nerve of the tooth,” explains Dr. Winters.
“Basically, this person’s tooth was so broken that it needed a root canal.
“A root canal is basically removing the entire nerve structure from a tooth and what it looks like.
“A white meat with a bit of meat.
“Once they’ve done all they have to fill it and put a crown on top, seal it up and make sure everything goes well.”
As part of his video, Dr. Winter presented a diagram explaining how the root canal works.
It shows how decay and infected pulp can live under the surface of the tooth and affect the nerves and blood vessels.
To remove the small ‘deep’ nerve, the dentist must remove the top part of the tooth and extract it.
This is called root canal surgery and can sometimes be painful but is a pain-relieving treatment.
This surgical option can often help secure a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed.
You may need a root canal if you’ve had cavities, leaked fillings, or damaged teeth from trauma, such as a fall or impact.
The NHS states: “Pulp root treatment is only required when a dental X-ray shows that the pulp has been damaged by a bacterial infection.
“The pulp will begin to die if it becomes infected with bacteria, allowing the bacteria to multiply and spread.”
You should see your dentist immediately if you have a toothache.
If your tooth becomes infected, the pulp may not be able to heal on its own and may also have less chance of treatment.
The NHS says that antibiotics are not effective when it comes to treating a tooth infection.
Another dentist previously told The Sun exactly when you need it go check.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/health/17241051/dentist-tooth-worm-urgent-attention/ I’m a dentist and this is what your ‘cavity’ really means