Dead Tooth Identification & Treatment

19 July 2019

In case the inner layer gets damaged via an injury or decay, it will stop the blood supply to the tooth. This can lead to an infection and nerve to die. Your teeth are made up of a combination of soft and hard tissue. The dead tooth is also known as the non-vital tooth. Learn here about the signs of a dead tooth and how to treat it.


When your tooth no longer gets the supply of fresh blood, it gets discoloration, and this is the first sign of a dead tooth. Although consuming food that is staining like coffee, red wine, smoke and blueberries can result in teeth discoloration, in case the only tooth is discolored and rest are white, you can sure about the non-vital tooth. The other signs are:

  • The bad taste of your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling around gum lines

What Cause Dead Tooth?

  • Trauma and injury to your tooth can be the possible reasons for your tooth to die.
  • Poor dental hygiene can lead to cavities, and if it is not treated on time can result in destroying your teeth.


  • Root Canal: Your dentist will create an opening into the tooth and remove the pulp using a small instrument to clean out the infection. Then, the professional will fill and seal the roots as well as place the permanent filling in the small opening.
  • Removal or Extraction: In case your tooth is damaged severely, your dentist will remove the tooth, and it will be replaced with an implant, denture or bridge.


To prevent your dead tooth or non-vital tooth:

  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Wear a mouth-guard if you are a sportsperson
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Drink water
  • Go for a checkup after six months

If you are looking for a dental care specialist in Waterloo & Kitchener, we are here for you. At King Street Dental Centre, we provide comprehensive oral care services to our patients. Whatever your dental needs, feel free to consult with our dentists today.

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