What is a Dead Tooth?

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What is a Dead Tooth?

If you start to notice that your tooth is turning a gray color or you are having significant pain in your mouth, this could be trouble. Maybe your breath smells terrible. All of these things can indicate that you are suffering from a dead tooth. Dead teeth can happen because of trauma to the mouth or if a person does not practice proper oral hygiene habits. Forceful impact and tooth decay are both risk factors for dead teeth.

What Should You Do if You Have a Dead Tooth?

What is Dead ToothWhen the blood supply has been restricted to a tooth, it will become weak and malnourished. Its color will change and be considered a dead tooth, or one that is non-vital. It is important that if there are any questions about oral health, you speak with a local dentist to have your condition examined. Dr. McBride is a San Diego dentist with more than three decades of experience providing the highest quality dental services to residents in the area.

Symptoms that can indicate a dead tooth is present include:

  • Tooth looking gray or black
  • Infection
  • Tooth pain
  • Missing tooth sensations

The pulp inside of the tooth is full of nerves, and when the nerve is damaged it can die. This can happen over a period of a couple of days to years. Nerve death inside of a tooth affects the viability of blood vessels and supply. The tooth, as a result, becomes extremely vulnerable to infections or to breaking. If you experience any of the signs of a dead tooth you should connect with the San Diego preventative dentist at McBride Dental immediately.

It is possible that if you get treatment soon enough, you may be able to save your tooth. You might be able to have a root canal, which is a procedure where the dentist will drill into your tooth to access the affected pulp. After removing this contaminated material, your dentist can clean the tooth out and disinfect the tooth. Then, the hole will be filled up and the tooth sealed. In some cases after the tooth has healed, a permanent filling or a crown will be used to protect the tooth.

In other situations, a root canal may not be sufficient and tooth extraction will be necessary. The extracted tooth can be replaced with a dental implant. Or, a denture or a bridge could also be used to replace a missing tooth. Your San Marcos implant dentist can discuss what options are available for you to make a decision as to which is the best to choose.

Speak to a San Diego Restorative Dentist Today

Serious tooth pain and seeing your tooth become discolored can be frightening and confusing. The sooner you see your dentist the better for your overall health and comfort. For all of your dental needs, McBride Dental is here to help. Call today to schedule a free consultation or to set up a professional cleaning and examination at (760) 471-100.


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