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Identifying and Treating a Dead Tooth

Dead tooth

We all strive for a healthy smile, but sometimes dental issues arise that require prompt attention. One concern you may have is a dead tooth, which is when the nerves in the inner layer, or pulp, become damaged and stop supplying blood to the tooth. A dead tooth, or a non-vital tooth, can cause infection and other complications if left untreated.  

Tooth discoloration, pain or discomfort, swelling in the gums, a bad taste or odor in the mouth, or no longer feeling sensations when eating or drinking are all signs of a potential dead tooth. If you think you are suffering from a non-vital tooth, speak with the oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Union City Oral Surgery Group for treatment. We will alleviate symptoms and restore your smile. 

5 Signs and Symptoms of a Dead Tooth 

Identifying a dead tooth early on is vital for effective treatment. The following are common signs and symptoms to watch out for: 

  • Tooth discoloration: One of the most noticeable signs is a change in tooth color. A dead tooth may appear gray, yellow, or even black compared to the surrounding teeth. 
  • Pain and discomfort: Initially, a dead tooth may not cause pain, but it can become sensitive or painful over time, often due to the dying nerve or infection. 
  • Swelling and gum discomfort: In some cases, a dead tooth can lead to swelling or tenderness in the surrounding gum tissue. 
  • Bad taste and odor: An unpleasant taste or odor may develop due to the infection or decay within the dead tooth. 
  • No sensation: If you notice a tooth is no longer responding to temperature changes or stimuli, it can indicate nerve damage. 

Several factors can lead to a tooth losing its vitality, including the following: 

  • Trauma: A sudden impact or injury to a tooth damages the nerves and blood vessels, leading to a dead tooth.
  • Untreated decay: Severe tooth decay can penetrate the pulp, causing infection and eventually leading to a dead tooth. 
  • Aging: In some cases, as we age, the blood supply to a tooth can naturally diminish, causing it to become non-vital. 

If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of a dying tooth, contact the experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Union City Oral Surgery Group right away. 

How to Treat a Dead Tooth 

If you suspect a dead tooth or are dealing with symptoms, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will evaluate the tooth and recommend appropriate treatment based on your unique case. Common treatment options include the following: 

  • Root canal therapy: This is the most common treatment for a dead tooth. During a root canal, the damaged or infected pulp is removed, and the root is sealed to prevent further infection. 
  • Extraction: In some cases where the tooth is severely damaged and cannot be saved, extraction may be necessary. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon can discuss options for replacing the dead tooth. 

Early treatment may prevent complications. If not addressed right away, the infection from the dead tooth may start to affect surrounding teeth and gums. 

Speak With the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at Union City Oral Surgery Group 

Identifying and treating a dead tooth is essential for maintaining your oral health and preventing complications. If you suspect you have a non-vital tooth or are experiencing unpleasant symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to the oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Union City Oral Surgery Group for thorough examination and treatment. 

Your smile deserves the best care possible. Call our office today at (201) 601-9262 or fill out a contact form to set up an appointment.