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To understand that a tooth can die you must first understand how it is living. A tooth consists of three layers: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. While what we see day in and day out is the tooth enamel, it is the inner layers of the teeth that keep them alive. The dentin layer and the pulp of a tooth consist of living tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that give life to the teeth within the mouth. Because all teeth are living tissues connected to the body’s blood supply, damage or serious trauma can literally knock the life out of a tooth.

 The two main causes of a dead tooth include a cavity or bacterial infection that has gone untreated and trauma to the mouth. Many people fail to understand the severity of a dental cavity, and this often leads to severe consequences in oral health. Because the tooth is a living organism within the body, infection and decay within a tooth can travel to other areas of the mouth or entire body. As a cavity worsens, the decay will travel deep into the inner layers of the tooth and reach the nerves and blood vessels. As long as the infection goes untreated, it will attack the living tissues inside the tooth until the blood supply is cut off and the tooth dies. A dental infection of this severity will not go unnoticed because of the pain involved; however, some people choose to ignore it out of fear of the dentist. What every dentist wants you to know is that an infected tooth is painful, but treatment is not. In order to prevent a dead tooth, early treatment in the form of root canal therapy can be done. With modern medicine and technology, root canal therapy is not painful and it can restore the health of your mouth.

The second most common cause of a dead tooth is trauma or injury to the mouth. Children are especially prone to receiving a knock to the face, but adults who participate in recreational activities or who are involved in an accident are also susceptible to injury that leads to a dead tooth. When a severe blow to the facial area actually cuts off the blood supply to a tooth, it will typically die instantly. No living tissue within the body can survive without a constant blood supply, and a tooth is no different.

 At Green Dental of Alexandria, we are here to help you achieve and maintain the healthiest mouth possible. If you fear that you have a dead tooth due to pain or discoloration, please contact our dental practice right away. With early intervention you tooth may be saved, or if damage or infection has gone too far, we can help you restore your smile. 

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Green Dental of Alexandria - Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725

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Based on 85 reviews

Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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