An infected tooth, also known as an abscess, occurs when a pocket of infectious pus builds up in or around a tooth. For example, a periapical abscess affects the tooth at the tip of the root, and a periodontal abscess affects the portion of the gums that surround a tooth. A periapical infection usually forms when an individual has a cavity that goes untreated, though these infections can also occur as a result of dental-related injuries (cracked or chipped teeth).
Symptoms of a Tooth Infection
Symptoms of a tooth infection include the following:
- A severe toothache that radiates to the jaw, ear, or neck
- Swelling around the infected area
- Sensitivity to temperature variations
- Difficulty biting or chewing due to pain
- Swollen lymph nodes in the jaw or neck
- Bad breath
- Trouble swallowing
If one or more of these symptoms fit your current situation, Golden Heart Dental can provide you with the dental care you need. Dr. Shawn Miller is experienced in providing gentle, effective care for tooth infections and a myriad of additional dental health issues
How are tooth infections treated?
Depending on the severity of the infection, a dentist can treat abscesses in a couple of ways. Firstly, the dentist will drain the tooth abscess and clean out the space in or around the tooth to get rid of the bacteria.
In some cases, the tooth can be saved with a root canal, but in other situations, the tooth may need to be extracted.
Fortunately, after an extraction, there are additional tooth replacement methods available, including crowns, bridges or partial dentures.
How serious are tooth infections?
A tooth infection is considered quite serious, being that leaving it untreated can lead to severe or even life-threatening health issues. Tooth infections can spread to other body parts in the neck and head, which can eventually lead to sepsis, a potentially deadly infection.
It’s crucial to have a tooth infection evaluated and repaired as soon as possible.
If you reside in or around the Fairbanks, AK area and you feel that you may have a tooth infection, we welcome you to reach out to Golden Heart Dental. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible, and Dr. Shawn Miller will take every possible measure to ensure that your dental health is restored.
At Golden Heart Dental, we make it convenient to plan your visit. Schedule online or call us at 907-328-0868 to request an appointment time that fits your busy schedule. We can't wait to see you.