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What to do about a dead tooth

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dead toothWe get a lot of questions about dental issues here at I Hate My Teeth. Thats why we try and keep abreast of the latest technoloies and techniques being used to treat dental problems. One of the more unsightly dental issues you can develop is a dead tooth. It stars turning than weird grey color and probably smells bad too, gross. Anyway, heres an article we came across about what you can do if you’re unortunate enough to develop a dead tooth.

The other day a friend told me that her dentist had declared her tooth dead and her immediate response was ‘what do you mean dead? How can a tooth die?’ Then she thought, ‘What can I do about it?’

A dead, or non-vital, tooth is simply a tooth that no longer has access to blood flow. Our teeth have three layers: namely the enamel, the dentin and the pulp. The blood vessels and nerve fibers are located in the pulp and this means that when the pulp is dead, then the tooth is dead as well. Often, a non-vital tooth is removed, but there is another option. We’ll get to that, but first, let’s go over what causes a dead tooth and how you can tell if you have one.

Causes of a Non-Vital Tooth

A cavity or a bacterial infection, when left untreated for long, tends to run deeper into the tooth and eventually reaches the dentin. When this happens, sensitivity is usually the first sign and, if ignored, this sensitivity eventually reaches the pulp and results in severe tooth pain. What happens is that when the infection reaches that deep, the pulp tries to fight it off by using the white blood cells. Pus develops when some of the white blood cells die during the battle against the infection. If the infection is not treated at this stage, all the white blood cells will die and the blood flow will stop completely; that’s how a dead tooth comes to be. A brutal injury to the tooth may also cut the supply of blood instantly. Other factors that could contribute to this problem are tooth fillings and crowns administered in the wrong way.

It can be very difficult to identify a dead tooth just by looking at it and that is another reason why it’s important to visit a dentist regularly. However, a non-vital tooth may exhibit some symptoms like significant blackening or yellowing. This discoloration is usually the dead pulp becoming visible. Another sign of a non-vital tooth is unexplained swelling that is normally a result of a periodontal abscess, caused by gum disease or injury, which can rupture and produce a sinus tract, a channel between the infection and the mouth. A dead tooth will eventually become loose and start shaking. It can also produce a terrible smell andThe other day a friend told me that her dentist had declared her tooth dead and her immediate response was ‘what do you mean dead? How can a tooth die?’ Then she thought, ‘What can I do about it?’

A dead, or non-vital, tooth is simply a tooth that no longer has access to blood flow. Our teeth have three layers: namely the enamel, the dentin and the pulp. The blood vessels and nerve fibers are located in the pulp and this means that when the pulp is dead, then the tooth is dead as well. Often, a non-vital tooth is removed, but there is another option. We’ll get to that, but first, let’s go over what causes a dead tooth and how you can tell if you have one.

Causes of a Non-Vital Tooth

A cavity or a bacterial infection, when left untreated for long, tends to run deeper into the tooth and eventually reaches the dentin. When this happens, sensitivity is usually the first sign and, if ignored, this sensitivity eventually reaches the pulp and results in severe tooth pain. What happens is that when the infection reaches that deep, the pulp tries to fight it off by using the white blood cells. Pus develops when some of the white blood cells die during the battle against the infection. If the infection is not treated at this stage, all the white blood cells will die and the blood flow will stop completely; that’s how a dead tooth comes to be. A brutal injury to the tooth may also cut the supply of blood instantly. Other factors that could contribute to this problem are tooth fillings and crowns administered in the wrong way.

It can be very difficult to identify a dead tooth just by looking at it and that is another reason why it’s important to visit a dentist regularly. However, a non-vital tooth may exhibit some symptoms like significant blackening or yellowing. This discoloration is usually the dead pulp becoming visible. Another sign of a non-vital tooth is unexplained swelling that is normally a result of a periodontal abscess, caused by gum disease or injury, which can rupture and produce a sinus tract, a channel between the infection and the mouth. A dead tooth will eventually become loose and start shaking. It can also produce a terrible smell and even…More at How You Can Tell You Have a Dead Tooth and What You Can Do

So there you have it, the best way to avoid any dental problem is obviously to regularly visit your dentist. If you take a blow to the mouth, get to the dentist asap and see if they can prevent you from losing the tooth altogether. Remember to visit our gallery of bad teeth if you need some inspiration to go and see your dentist.

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