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How to Treat a Dead Tooth

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
How to Treat a Dead ToothWhen it comes to treating a dead tooth, timely action is crucial. If you don't get it checked and treated right away, you will lose any chances of saving your tooth as it would have died already and you can't bring back a dead tooth. Therefore, depending on how quickly you get to a dentist, here's how they will treat your dead tooth.

If the Tooth is Still Not Entirely Dead

The earlier you spot the problem and consult a dentist, the higher are the chances of saving your natural tooth. Your dentist will probably carry out an x-ray to check the condition of the tooth. If it hasn't died completely, the dentist will perform a root canal.

During this process, they will drill a hole in your tooth and clean out all the infected and dead material from the pulp and roots of the tooth. After that, they will fill the tooth with a rubber-like material to seal the pulp and roots from further infection.

While such a tooth is still usable, it can turn brittle. That's why your dentist might fit a crown on your teeth as well.

If the Tooth is Dead

If the tooth is dead and beyond saving, or for any other reason your dentist can't perform a root canal, the next option will be to remove the tooth entirely. Your dentist will extract the dead tooth and then after the spot has healed, you can fix that empty spot with a dental implant, bridge, or denture.

If you have a dying tooth, whether it's because of some internal reasons or external trauma, there's a very short window of time where you can save your tooth. That's why it is crucial that you schedule regular visits to the dentist as well as consult them right away in case of any pain or discoloration.

Reach out to Aaron Cooley, DDS and Brandon Cooley, DDS at Cooley Smiles for expert advice and treatment.

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