Teeth are made of soft and hard tissue. You might not know teeth also live and die. If the pulp of the tooth gets damaged it will not get proper blood supply. Due to infection, it can die and it is called a bad tooth. In this guide, we have shared the treatment options available for a bad tooth.
What is a dead tooth?
Tooth consists of 3 layers dentin, enamel, and pulp. To stay viable, teeth must get proper supply of blood to the pulp which is the tooth innermost part. When the blood supply cut off the tooth will die because it is not getting proper nutrients and oxygen. If not treated it will get infected, possibly abscess and then it will fall out.
Signs of Dead Tooth
Well, the pulp can get infected because of different reasons and then die. In many cases, people experience discoloration. However, discoloration can occur because of the food or drinks you take which can leave a stain like coffee, blueberries, red wine, or smoke. Some people experience very mild pain and some have extreme pain. Some other signs:
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Swelling around your gum line
This is why you should visit your dentist for a regular checkup and if there is any problem they will identify it. According to that they will let you tips for dental care and the best treatment plan.
When the pulp dies or gets infected it won’t get better on its own. The infection might even spread around the teeth bone. To avoid this problem get treatment for the dead tooth.
Extraction or Removal
If your tooth is severely damaged and it cannot be restored then the doctor will recommend you removal of a dead tooth. After the removal, you can get the tooth replaced with dentures, implant, or bridge. Ask these questions:
- Do I have to get it replaced over time?
- Is dental insurance going to cover the cost?
- How is the recovery process like?
- Do I need to take special care of the replaced tooth?
With a root canal, the tooth will be kept intact. When you visit the dental clinic for treatment, the doctor will make an opening into the infected tooth and use instruments to remove the pulp as well as clean the infection. After that, the doctor will fill and seal the roots by placing a permanent filling in the opening they made.
If the enamel is damaged or the infected area is large then after root canal getting the crown is the best choice which is like a covering. The crown will match with your tooth color so that no one can notice it.
You must seek medical advice right away. If you are facing problems then book your appointment with our doctor.