Posted on 4/20/2016 by Dr. Kelsey Ullsmith
|Do you have a dead tooth in your mouth? A dead tooth occurs when the nerve and other living tissues inside of a tooth have died or have been removed with root canal treatment.
This can be caused by tooth trauma due to a physical injury or decay. If you suspect that you have experienced the death of a tooth, it is important to follow up with your dentist for treatment.
Signs You've Got a Dead Tooth
While your dentist will be able to confirm the death of a tooth, there are a few symptoms that you should look for:
Treating Your Dead Teeth
So, if your tooth is dead, what is the big deal about treating it? Can't you just leave it there? The answer is a definite no. This dead tooth is a perfect place for bacteria to hang out and breed, and an abscess can result if it isn't taken care of.
So, you have two treatment options available to correct the problem - root canal and extraction. A root canal will clean out the tooth, remove the infection, and seal it up before placing a crown over the top of it. However, there are many cases where the tooth is just too far gone to repair, and an extraction is the only viable option.
Please contact us if you have any questions about how a dead tooth effects your oral health.