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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


Do You Have a Dead Tooth?

Posted in Root Canals

While the outside, or what is visible, of our teeth is made up of hard enamel, the inside of our teeth is actually living tissue, comprised mostly of nerves and blood cells, called the “pulp”. Although a healthy pulp is vital to the formation and development of our teeth, once a tooth has reached maturity, such as in an adult, the root and exterior structure of the tooth can remain functional without the need of the pulp.

This soft tissue is very vulnerable to injury. Cavities, left untreated and allowed to decay, can go deep down into the pulp causing damage. Sports injuries or falls that injure the mouth can also causing bruising to the pulp. Even too many dental procedures on the same tooth can prove injurious. When the inside nerve of the tooth is damaged, the surrounding tissue must be removed using root canal therapy before a severe infection develops.

It is entirely possible to have a dead tooth without any presenting systems so it is important to get regular dental checkups. However, some teeth will grow darker from the bruising of dying blood cells when the pulp has become damaged. Some people experience pain from mild to extreme, either from a resulting abscess or the actual dying of the tooth nerve. If an infection has begun in the damaged pulp, it’s possible to notice some swelling and an unpleasant odor or taste.

If you have any of these symptoms, or if you are symptom free but have recently suffered an injury to your mouth, you should have your local dental professional examine your teeth as soon as possible. A dead tooth cannot go untreated without risk of infection or an abscess. Fast and effective treatment could possibly save the structure of your tooth.

Posted on behalf of Toothmasters


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