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What is a Dead Tooth? Gainesville, GA

Death occurs when any living being or substance no longer has access to its life supply. For your teeth, blood flow provides life, and when a tooth is cut off from the blood vessels supplying the blood your tooth is considered to be dead. A dead tooth is a serious dental concern – whether it occurred over time or as an immediate result to injury – and it should never be ignored.

The two main causes of a dead tooth are dental trauma and bacterial infection. As with most injuries, they are not planned and can cause a great deal of damage. A dental trauma to the mouth that causes a tooth to be knocked out of its socket or torn from the blood vessels keeping it connected to its blood supply can cause immediate death to a tooth. Inside each tooth there is the pulp, which contains nerve fibers and tiny blood vessels. The blood vessels allow the tooth to receive a constant blood supply so that it remains alive. When dental trauma cuts off blood supply, a tooth will almost instantly die. There are some circumstances when a tooth can be reconnected to the blood vessels, but it requires immediate dental intervention. Any type of dental trauma needs to be addressed by your dentist right away.

Bacterial infection within the mouth starts out as a tiny dental cavity. Cavities are caused when acid producing bacteria linger inside the mouth and the acids eat a small hole in the tooth. Cavities can be easily treated with a dental filling so that they do not cause further damage. However, when a cavity is ignored or not treated, the acid producing bacteria will continue to eat their way through the tooth until they reach the inner layers. When acids reach the pulp of the tooth, they will destroy the blood vessels and cut the tooth off from its life. A dead tooth that is caused by bacteria infection is usually painful, and there are warning signs (pain, discomfort, and sensitivity) that should not be ignored. Deep bacterial infection within a tooth will cause irreversible damage.

If you fear that you have a dead tooth, please contact Gainesville Dental Group right away. Dental trauma must be evaluated and addressed as quickly as possible for the best chance at full restoration. If you have any cavity or dental decay, we can address your issue to prevent permanent damage from a dead tooth. Call us today.

The Gainesville Dental Group

1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401
Monday & Tuesday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Our Patient Reviews

The Gainesville Dental Group

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 32 reviews

Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

Contact Us

1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM