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What would you do if you woke up one morning and discovered that one of your teeth appeared to be very discolored or was causing you a great deal of pain?

Either one of these symptoms could indicate that you have a non-vital tooth, also known as a dead tooth. A dead tooth is one that has already lost or is losing the blood supply that goes to the dental pulp, or soft tissue of the tooth. Besides darkening and discoloration, a dead tooth may also be exceptionally sensitive and painful.

A dead tooth can be caused by previous oral trauma, such as a sports injury. It can also be the result of tooth decay that has gone unchecked and made its way into your soft tissue.

No matter what lead to your tooth dying, it is probably going to grow more painful over time and, since it could also foster a serious infection in your gums or the tooth itself, it is important that you make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Your Tooth Hurts

Signs You Have a Dead Tooth

Almost everybody knows what a toothache feels like and how unpleasant they can be. If you have a dead or dying tooth, it is very possible that you also have a toothache. It might alternate between mild and excruciating or it could be persistent. You may also quickly discover that it’s set off by cold, hot, or sugary foods. No matter what, you are probably going to experience a high degree of pain that will get worse the longer it goes untreated.

Tooth Sensitivity

That are many different oral health issues that could cause you to have sensitive teeth. A tooth that is in the process of dying is one of them. The sensitivity caused by a dead tooth can range from mild to severe.

An Infection or an Abscess

The dying tooth is going to be surrounded by soft tissue that is also dying, which could give rise to a bacterial infection that, in turn, could cause you to develop an abscessed tooth, wherein the infection causes a small pocket of pus that can grow just about anywhere inside your mouth.

Schedule an Appointment with a San Marcos Dentist

At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.

The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego area dentists who are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.


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