Dead Tooth: What Is It All About?

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A dead tooth is sometimes referred to as a non-vital tooth. The tooth has three layers with different contents and function. The pulp is the innermost layer that contains blood vessels and nerves. If the nerves in the pulp to die out, it can lead to a dead tooth. A dead nerve inside the tooth is sometimes referred to as a necrotic pulp or a pulpless tooth. The non-vital tooth will no longer have any blood flow to it, and there will be no nourishment provided to the tooth. Once this happens, there is a possibility that the tooth will eventually fall out by itself. However, it is dangerous to wait for the teeth to fall out. Complications can arise, such as an infection affecting the jaw and other teeth. Having the dead tooth professionally extracted is a must.


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Symptoms of a dead tooth

Identifying a dead tooth is not always easy as it cannot be determined just by looking at it. Regular trips to the dentist are important, so it is better to let the dental professional at Premier Dental Spa examine the tooth for an accurate diagnosis.

A dead tooth can be characterized by a lingering bad taste in the mouth, a foul smell, swelling around the infected area and pimples found on the gum. A dying tooth causes pain that varies in level, and it ranges from something that can barely be felt into something excruciatingly painful. If a nerve is dying or an infection is present, an increase in pain can be felt. Some people wonder why there is pain present if the nerve is dead. Unbeknownst to them, the source of pain is not originating from the inner layer of the tooth but from extremely sensitive nerve endings found outside the tooth. This sensitive outer layer is called the periodontal membrane. The bacteria and remnants of the dead nerve, along with pus, can build up in the pulp cavity inside the tooth, putting pressure on the periodontal membrane and triggers the pain coming from the sensitive nerve endings. If the tooth has died, a change in color will be noticeable. The person with a dead tooth may notice a yellow, gray, or black discoloration. This change in color occurs due to the dying red blood cells. This process is very similar and can be compared with bruising. Tooth discoloration will generally take place if a dead tooth is left untreated and will increase with time.


What are the available treatments? 

Even if a person may not feel pain in their tooth at first, if they show signs of having a dead tooth, they should seek medical advice before the condition worsens. Tooth extraction is the best possible treatment for this condition. Since the tooth is non-vital, it must be removed to avoid infecting the areas surrounding it. 


Extracting dead tooth is necessary and a procedure that must be done as early as possible. If you suspect that you have a dead tooth, we at Premier Dental Spa are ready to offer Teeth Extraction services in Tinton Falls, NJ. Find us at 709 Sycamore Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701. Contact us to book an appointment!