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To understand how a tooth can die, it is first important to understand what gives a tooth its life. Teeth are made up of three different layers that all work together to protect the teeth and keep them healthy. The tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and it protects the inner dentin and pulp layers of the teeth. The dentin and pulp layers provide life to a tooth, housing the blood vessels and nerve fibers that connect it to the rest of the body. A dead tooth is a tooth that has been severed from its life source, no longer receiving its blood supply.

Causes of a dead tooth all revolve around the inner layers of the teeth being damaged so that their life supply is cut off. Trauma or injury to the mouth often causes instant death to a tooth. Receiving blunt force trauma to the mouth can knock the roots of a tooth loose. If the roots are severed from their blood supply and unable to reconnect, the tooth will die because it will lose blood flow. Severe trauma is the most common cause of a dead tooth. However, there are instances when a tooth that has been knocked out or knocked loose can be reconnected, so it is essential that you receive emergency dental care as quickly as possible.

The other common cause for a dead tooth is tooth decay that has severely progressed. When cavities and dental infections are allowed to fester inside the mouth, they can reach the inner layers of the teeth and cause irreparable damage deep within the teeth. Most people are aware of the issue because tooth sensitivity and pain will be felt as the infection continues. As the infection reaches the pulp of the tooth and is left untreated, it will “zap” the nerves and blood vessels and cut it off from its blood supply.

While dental trauma is typically unavoidable, cavities and decay can be prevented with proper oral health care. At Crabapple Dental we are here to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. We want to help you avoid a dead tooth in every way that we can. However, if you do have a dead tooth we provide comprehensive and comfortable treatment to restore the health of your mouth. Call us today.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Our Patient Reviews

Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 39 reviews

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123