Necrotic (dead) Tooth

Necrosis refers to the dying of live tissue present within the tooth due to inflammation or infection. The term necrotic in simple terms means dead.

Tooth necrosis can be caused by:

  • trauma
  • large cavity (bacteria causes inflammation within the tooth)
  • long standing inflammation within the tooth due to trauma or bacteria

Treatment of Tooth Necrosis:

  • it is aimed at cleaning the canal of the tooth to eliminate the dead tissue
  • a filler material is placed in the tooth to create a tight seal at the opening to the root
  • this is performed to seal any bugs or other bad substances within the tooth
  • without a good seal the bugs can cause inflammation and swelling
  • poor seal is the main reason for pain and swelling after root canal treatment