Dead teeth

Teeth die when they lose their blood supply, the biggest reason is tooth decay which can be avoided by brushing and flossing properly. Injury to the tooth can also cause fatal loss of blood supply, a blow to the face, for instance, can sever or rupture the blood vessels leading from the jawbone to the tooth, allowing the soft tissues in the tooth to die.
A dead tooth may look and smell abnormal, a dead tooth can cause pain, dentists can often preserve a tooth’s functionality even after it has died. If your dentist cannot keep the tooth functional, you will have the tooth extracted to protect your gums, jawbone, and other teeth from bacterial infiltration and decay. You can then have the extracted tooth replaced with a permanent implant or bridge. If you suspect that one of your teeth has gone dead or threatens to do so, schedule an immediate appointment with your dentist.


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