A dead tooth is a serious dental concern that can impact the health of your entire mouth. All teeth work together to create a complete and stable smile. When one tooth has undergone severe damage or decay, it can quickly affect the integrity of those remaining teeth, especially the ones directly adjacent to it. Teeth require a constant access to blood flow, just like all of the other components of our body. When a tooth loses its blood supply, it will lose its life source.
All teeth are composed of three layers: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. The dentin and pulp contain blood vessels and nerve fibers that keep it connected to the blood supply. There are two main causes of a dead tooth.
Any time there is worry of decay or infection inside your mouth, it needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. Pain, discoloration, and sensitivity are often associated with decay and are reliable indicators that a serious concern is developing. By taking the necessary measures to treat cavities when they are small, you can help prevent a tooth from dying.
At Heritage Dental we are here to help you achieve and maintain the healthiest mouth possible. If you have any indication that your tooth is infected or that it has died, please contact us right away. A dead tooth is nothing to ignore.