Something that many people don't realize is that teeth are alive separately from one another and this means they one can die without the others dying. If something happens to your tooth that causes problems with the nerves and pulp, then your tooth will be more prone to infection due to a loss of proper blood circulation. If infection does set in, then the tooth can die. You'll learn about signs of a dead tooth and your options for dealing with the dead tooth by reading this information.
The signs of a dead tooth
Once your tooth has died, if you are like most people, then you may notice that the tooth becomes discolored. In fact, for most people, sudden tooth discoloration is often the very first sign they notice letting them know there is an issue that needs to be addressed. The discoloration of the dead tooth can be a shade of yellow, gray, brown, or even black. A dead tooth can almost look as if it has a bruise. The discoloration will get darker and darker as the problem is ignored.
Your gums may hurt, especially near the area where you have the dead tooth. The amount and intensity of pain that you may experience with a dead tooth can vary a lot. Some have no pain, some have minimal pain, and some have extreme pain. If you take a look at your gums, you may even notice your gum is swollen and red by the affected tooth.
When you have a dead tooth and possibly even an infection, then you can expect to have a bad taste that you can't get rid of. While brushing your teeth and using mouthwash will help for a few minutes, that foul taste will only return shortly after.
Things that can kill a tooth
There are numerous things that can lead to one or more of your teeth dying. A traumatic blow to your mouth that injures your tooth can kill it. When your tooth gets injured it can die right away, or it can die very slowly.
Another thing that can lead to the death of a tooth is tooth decay which can be caused by a cavity that is ignored and allowed to disintegrate more and more until severe damage has been done enough to reach the pulp of the tooth.
Allowing gum disease to go ignored can also lead to your teeth pulling away from the gumline. When this happens, the teeth are more at risk. This will increase the odds of having one or more of your teeth dying.
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