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If You Have a Dead Tooth, Treat It to Protect Your Live Teeth

September 24, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Jason Annan
Mount Pleasant SC Root Canals

Trauma, injury, and severe decay are all conditions that can cause your tooth die. When your tooth no longer sustains blood flow it is considered "non-vital" or dead. This also means that the nerves in the tooth are also dead. In order to protect the health of your other teeth, it's important to have your dentist in Mount Pleasant, SC examine your tooth to determine the best treatment for it. 

What Are the Symptoms of a Dead Tooth?

The signs that you might encounter if your tooth is no longer viable vary greatly with each patient. A dead tooth can cause no pain, but it also might be very painful. You might also notice a change in color of your tooth to yellow, gray, or black.


If you are experiencing pain, contact your dentist right away as this is an indicator of a dental infection. A dental infection won't go away without treatment, and it could potentially spread to other critical areas of the body including your jawbone, or even lead to tooth loss, so it's important to get treatment for your tooth.

Root canal therapy may be able to remove the infected tissue from inside your tooth, which preserves the outer structure. You will need to have your tooth strengthened with a dental crown to ensure that you have all the function you had before.

An extraction is the other treatment for a non-vital tooth. Sometimes removing the tooth is necessary to protect the health of your other teeth and bone.

Contact East Cooper Smiles

If you suspect that your tooth is dying, or you're experiencing dental pain, please contact your team at East Cooper Smiles in Mount Pleasant, SC. We'll make every effort to see you as soon as possible so we can get you feeling comfortable and back on the path to wellness again.

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