You may have heard at least once about dead tooth (non-vital tooth). In case you do not know what it means, by reading this article you will find out which are the symptoms, what causes a dead tooth, which are the solutions to treat this kind of oral health problem and in the end some tips for prevention.
The main symptom of a dead tooth are changes in color and pain. The level of pain can vary, from almost non-existent to extremely painful. Intensity of pain usually increases when there is an infection. This could result into an abscess, which will produce bad smell, bad taste in the mouth, a pimple of the gums. Regarding the color, you may notice yellow, grey or black discoloration. This is caused by dying red blood cells.
For a better understanding, you must know that a tooth has three main layers: enamel, dentin and pulp. The pulp is the central part of the tooth and contains blood vessels and nerves. Nerves in teeth help us sense hot or cold and control the nourishment of our teeth. Dead or dying nerves in the pulp can lead to a dead tooth. The nerve usually dies due to a lack of blood flow. When this happens, the root canal and the pulp chamber inside the tooth become a place for bacteria.And this issue must be solved.
In case you believe you may have a dead tooth, do not hesitate to contact a professional. He will diagnose and establish a treatment plan for you: tooth extraction or a root canal (which implies a crown).
As a conclusion, each of us can experience a dead tooth. In case you have the symptoms of a dead tooth, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Arhiri. After a check-up, you will decide together what is the best solution for you and your teeth.References:https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319062.php