Your teeth contain both hard and soft tissues. These tissues are living, which is why when your pulp's nerves become damaged, they'll stop sending blood to your tooth. When this happens, your tooth will start to die. There are many reasons why this may happen.
How to Know Your Tooth is Dying
One of the first signs of a dying tooth is that it will grow discolored. Healthy teeth are a shade of white – the exact shade depends on your diet and oral hygiene. However, a dying tooth will be yellow, gray, light brown, or possibly even black. Many people say that their tooth looks like it's bruised. This discoloration will grow worse over time because your tooth will continue to decay and its nerve will continue dying.
When your tooth starts to become discolored it can also start to become painful. Sometimes even the surrounding gum tissues will become painful too. There are some people who will tell you that they don't experience any pain at all though. Regardless as to whether you feel no pain, a mild ache, or something more intense, it's caused by your nerve which is dying. Sometimes infection will also play a role here.
There are some other signs that will also indicate that your tooth is dying. This includes bad breath, which can also be caused by a multitude of other things. You may even have a bad, lingering taste in your mouth that won't go away no matter what you do. Additionally, you may notice some swelling around your gum line. Of course, these can also be signs of other oral health issues.
When you think that your tooth is dying, you should contact our office right away. If we see you soon enough, we may be able to save your tooth. This is why you shouldn't hesitate in giving us a call.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS