Having a dead tooth can lead to infections on the pulp that arise from bacteria entering your tooth pulp. This can be caused by trapped food between the teeth. Sometimes, unsuccessful or wrongly administered tooth fillings and tooth crowns can cause trauma to the tooth.

When it comes to dealing with a dead tooth, there are three options that come to mind. You can either have a tooth extraction, a root canal, or a dental implant. Dental implants will require your old infected tooth to be extracted first then eventually be replaced with a titanium fixed denture.

If you choose to opt to have a root canal therapy, then you can experience relief from the tooth's pain. Also, you'll be relieved of bad breath due to abscesses or infections. The procedure is invasive but in contrast to what rumors say, having a root canal will save a dead tooth. Sure the injection may sting a bit, but once the anesthesia takes effect, your gum area will be numb so you won't feel the pain during the entire procedure.

The root canal process will start by cleaning your tooth with a rubber dam. The dentist will remove bacteria around the tooth so it will be sanitized before the actual procedure begins.

The next step is to drill a small hole for the cleaning apparatus to penetrate. The hole will be drilled at the mid portion of the tooth. Once a small opening has been made, the cleaning apparatus will be inserted to clean the pulp on your tooth's tunnel.

After the cleaning is done, the drilled hole will be filled, and your tooth will look brand new. The dentist can use a special device to mold the dental fillings so that your tooth would be completely sealed.

The procedure may take a couple of hours to finish as compared to just having a tooth extracted, but you have to remember that it's always a better option to save a dead tooth rather than remove it. That way you can preserve your beautiful smile without exposing a gap between teeth. A tooth implant or dental implant is also an option to replace a dead tooth. Ask your dentist for further dental details.