A dead tooth sometimes referred to as a “non-vital tooth,” is a tooth no longer receives blood flow. A dead tooth has dying or decayed nerves in the pulp, which is the layer of the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves.
Only a dental professional can identify a dead or dying tooth, but there are two symptoms that signal you may have a problem:
The level of pain may vary, but an infection will cause the pain to increase. Keep an eye out for these signs of infection:
Just like when you get a bruise after bumping your arm, the change in color is due to red blood cells dying. The change in color can vary from yellow, gray, or black discoloration. Discoloration can get worse as time passes without seeking treatment.
The two main causes of a dead tooth are:
Early treatment is essential. There are two treatment options:
It is easy to avoid a dead or dying tooth by taking a few precautions:
Now that you know the signs, symptoms, and precautions, be sure to take care of your teeth. We want everyone to love their smile, so if you believe you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to contact us for help.