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What To Do If You Notice a Dead Tooth

Posted on 5/10/2021 by SRD Muscle Shoals
What To Do If You Notice a Dead ToothYour teeth are made up of a combination of soft and hard tissue. Normally, healthy teeth are alive, meaning they are living. When there is significant damage to the nerves in the pulp of your tooth, they can stop supplying blood to the tooth. This will result in an infection that causes the nerve to die. Consequently, your tooth will also die; a condition commonly referred to as having a non-vital tooth. Here are things you can do if you notice a dead tooth.

Contact Our Professionals

The first thing you should do when you notice a dead tooth is to inform us. It is very important to treat a dying tooth before time runs out. This is because if the tooth is not treated, the bacteria in it can spread to the surrounding teeth and result in more teeth loss. Besides, it can also damage your gums and jawbone. Therefore, upon letting us know, our professionals will assess the tooth and determine which treatment method is appropriate. Here are some of the common treatment options for a dead tooth.

Root Canal

This treatment method can be able to keep your dead tooth intact. In this procedure, our dentist makes an opening into the dead tooth and uses special tools to remove the pulp and eliminate the infection. Once the infection is removed, we will fill and seal the roots, placing a permanent filling on the opening. This procedure is highly effective, and we recommend it for a dead or dying tooth.

Tooth Extraction or Removal

If your tooth is totally damaged and cannot be restored by a root canal procedure, it will have to be removed. In this procedure, our dentists will get rid of the damaged tooth altogether; however, this is our last option. Contact our offices for a dental appointment today.
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