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We are postponing all non-urgent dental care at this time in accordance with the recommendations of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina State Board in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The preventative measure will be in effect until April 16, 2020. Again, thank you for being a valued member of the Harlow Dental family. We appreciate your continued trust and confidence. Together we can overcome these challenging circumstances and continue your path to greater oral health! We look forward to taking care of you at your next scheduled appointment.  
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What Does It Mean When a Tooth Is Dead?

July 31, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. H. Justin Harlow, DDS
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A dead tooth is precisely what the name implies: a tooth that is no longer living. If you suspect you have a dead tooth, it’s crucial to seek treatment immediately.

Dr. Justin Harlow, your dentist in Steele Creek, has the following to say about what you should do if you have a dead tooth.

Definition of a Dead Tooth

When the pulp—the living portion inside your tooth—dies, its blood supply has been cut off for whatever reason. Even though there is no longer a living nerve inside the tooth, it is still susceptible to infection, which is one reason why it’s so important to see the dentist if you think you might have a dead tooth.

Causes of a Dead Tooth

Sometimes the reason behind a tooth dying is difficult to determine, but here are some of the more common reasons:

  • Trauma—If you are in a car accident or have a sports injury, the trauma of the injury can cause the blood supply to your tooth to stop after blood vessels burst.
  • Decay—If a cavity goes untreated, it can continue to grow until it penetrates all the way down to the tooth root. Eventually, the blood supply to the tooth is cut off.

Signs of a Dead Tooth

You can’t always tell if a tooth is dead just by looking at it, although in many cases, it will turn a darker color. There are usually other signs of a dead tooth such as an unpleasant odor or swelling. Surprisingly, pain is often associated with a dead tooth.

Treatment Options for a Dead Tooth

In some cases, extraction might be the best option for a dead tooth, but sometimes the tooth can be preserved with a root canal. This way, the tooth still functions normally as long as the root is still intact. Because the dead tooth structure becomes brittle, a dental crown can strengthen the tooth, so it is functional again.

If you think you might have a dead tooth, don’t hesitate to reach out to Harlow Dental, your dentist in Steele Creek. We can offer treatment advice and ensure that you continue to enjoy good oral health. Call us today!

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