It is important to let us know if your tooth goes numb. There are many different causes of tooth numbness and they are not always related directly to your tooth. We will be able to diagnose and treat the issue before your condition worsens. Other than an infection or damage in the tooth, system deficiencies and the presence of other medical conditions can cause tooth numbness. We have diagnostic tests available and can customize a treatment plan to work for you.
Causes of Tooth Numbness
Infection in the tooth or other types of damage can cause the tooth to die. This means that you could lose blood flow into the tooth and have nerve damage, which would cause your tooth to go numb. Deficiencies and other medical conditions can also lead to numbness in various areas of your body, including your tooth. Hypocalcemia (low calcium), vitamin B deficiency, folic acid deficiency, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can cause numbness. The presence of various medical conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, oral cancer, nerve-related paresthesia, seizures, and burning mouth syndrome cause nerve damage and other conditions that would cause you to lose feeling in your tooth. In addition, allergic reactions can also cause numbness in the tooth.
Diagnoses and Treatment
At our office, we will be able to examine your tooth and conduct diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, to determine the cause of numbness. We can treat issues like infection or damage through filling cavities, extracting the tooth if it is too badly damaged, and using other forms of treatment. Our dentist will give you specific after-care instructions, which typically include antibiotics, pain medication, and cold compresses. If we are unable to identify the cause at our office, because it is a non-dental condition, we are able to refer you to a specialist for treatment.