A 34-year-old female asked:
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Does a dead tooth root mean you have an infection. Also can it cause pain weather it is infected or not? Can it cause a ear infection or ear pain?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience in Orthodontics
Dead tooth: There are both sterile and infected necrotic pulpal involvements. Both can permit spread of toxins and/or bacteria. If it's a lower back tooth, there may be ear-area involvement. You need professional care, NOW. The longer you wait, the greater the risk of complication, the more extensive (andexpensive) the damage control. Please seek immediate dental care.
Answered on Dec 18, 2018

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