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Dental health is a crucial aspect for our general wellbeing and a contusion can cause different consequences, among them, the calcification of a tooth.

What does it mean to have a calcified tooth and what are its causes, complications and available treatments? In this article, we will explore information that will provide clarity to those who face this situation.

Calcium, being the most abundant mineral in the human body, makes up 99% of teeth and bones. In the tooth structure, calcium occurs as “hydroxyapatite”, a vital combination for our oral and general health.

The term “calcified tooth” refers to the excessive accumulation of calcium in the tooth structure, resulting from various factors such as injury or trauma.

What happens when a tooth becomes calcified?

After trauma, teeth can become calcified, partially obstructing the root canal and affecting blood flow. This may not be detected immediately and may manifest itself years after the incident. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 20% of the world’s population experiences traumatic dental injuries, both in the primary and permanent dentition.

Therefore, it is crucial to visit the dentist immediately after a severe blow and follow the specialist’s recommendations to prevent future complications.

What are the causes of dental calcification?

Although they are one of its main causes, in addition to trauma, calcification can originate for reasons such as prolonged dental infections, the natural aging process of the tooth, frequent consumption of sugary drinks or acidic foods, orthodontic treatments and nutritional deficiencies.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may vary from patient to patient, but may include decreased tooth sensitivity, discoloration of the tooth due to pulp necrosis, and in some cases, increased tooth fragility.
It is important that, even if you have not suffered from any severe decay, if you detect any of these symptoms, make an appointment at the clinic and we will take a look at your mouth.

Can a calcified tooth hurt?

Tooth calcification can cause pain, although not always. Partial obstruction of the root canal may cause discomfort or sensitivity in the affected tooth. The intensity of the pain may vary depending on the amount of calcification and the pressure exerted on the surrounding tissues.

How are these teeth treated?

Following the premises of conservative dentistry, in Clinica Miravéco
We are in favor of not carrying out a root canal treatment until the lesions compromise the integrity of the tooth. For this reason it is essential to follow a clinical control of the evolution of the tooth and the reduction of the space in the root canal. To monitor the evolution of these teeth and act when necessary, not before.

To address discoloration, we suggest performing a tooth whitening. If the tooth has undergone endodontic treatment, an internal bleaching should be performed to restore its original color.

In summary, calcified teeth can present a variety of symptoms and complications, so it is essential to maintain good oral health and address any dental problems first to prevent serious long-term complications.

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