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Jan
27

3 Signs Your Tooth May Be Dying

Posted in Root Canals

Are you having pain in your tooth?  Maybe your tooth is starting to turn darker than the others?  It could be that you are experiencing a dying tooth.

What is a dying tooth?  Each tooth has its own, living nerve inside of it. When the nerve dies, has been traumatized, or has been removed in a root canal procedure, your tooth is considered non-vital or “dead.”  How do you know if your tooth is dying?

Here are 3 signs and symptoms:

1)      Pain– You may not always have tooth pain but in some cases you may.  The type of pain can vary from a mild, occasional pain to extremely painful.  Some people don’t experience pain at all!

2)      Darker tooth – The colors can vary from shades of grey, yellow or black.  This is a like a bruise in your tooth.  You will be able to tell by comparing the tooth to the ones next to it.

3)      A “pimple” on your gums – An abscessed tooth causes a “pimple” along your gums to release inflammation.  This can give you a bad taste or a foul odor in your mouth.

These are just a few symptoms of dying teeth. Seeing your dentist regularly can help you prevent problems like these before they progress to the point of irreversible damage.

Do you think your tooth is infected and possibly dying?  Call your dentist today to have your examined and tested to see if it is the case.  If your tooth is in fact dying, it will need to be treated by either a root canal or be extracted to prevent spread of infection.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429

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