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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

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

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!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123