What is a Dead Tooth?

Decay, infection, trauma cause dead teeth.Did you know that a tooth could die? In order to take proper care of your teeth, it is important to understand their make-up. The teeth are made up of three layers: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. While tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not invincible. Decay, infection, trauma cause dead teeth by losing its health and structure so that it can die inside the mouth.

The tooth enamel is the outer white part of the teeth that is visible when you smile. While the enamel is there to provide a beautiful appearance, it is also protecting the inner structure of the teeth. Inside each tooth is the dentin layer and the pulp. These layers consist of nerve fibers and blood vessels that constantly supply the tooth with life and vitality. If infection or decay reaches into these inner layers, the integrity of the tooth is severely compromised. Just as with every other area of the body, the teeth need blood to stain them. When infection reaches the nerves of the teeth there is an enormous amount of pain involved, and when infection reaches the blood vessels within the tooth the blood flow will stop completely and the tooth will die.

Dental trauma or injury can also cause a dead tooth. A sharp blow to the face, jaw, or mouth that injures a tooth (or teeth) can cut the blood supply to the tooth instantly. When this happens, the likelihood that tooth can be saved is slim. However, if you are able to make it to the dentist’s office immediately, there is a higher chance that the tooth can be saved.

At Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in Johns Creek, Dr. Mitul Patel wants you to know that our practice is here for you in all dental circumstances. Whether you have suffered an injury or you have put off visiting the dentist for far too long, we want to be the dental practice that you turn to for exceptional care. A dead tooth is a serious dental issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Please call today to schedule an appointment with our talented and friendly team.

Posted by Mitul Patel DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
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