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Tooth Infections

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Tooth Infections

If dental cavities and tooth decay go untreated, they may eventually cause tooth infections. These infections occur when a dental cavity has reached the center of the tooth, also called the pulp. Once this cavity exists, bacteria and food debris can make their way into the tooth, causing the pulp to become irritated. This will lead to an infection.

Symptoms Of a Tooth Infection

Tooth infections can be quite painful and come will plenty of symptoms. Below are a few of the most common signs that you may be suffering from a tooth infection, in order of severity:

  • A toothache, with any of the following characteristics:
    • Dull or throbbing pain in the tooth
    • Sharp and shooting pain in the tooth
    • Continuous pain, which may become more severe
  • Tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold temperatures
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Pain when chewing
  • Fever
  • Swelling of the face
  • Swollen glands in the neck

Tooth Infection Treatments

To rid the tooth of the infection and to prevent the infection from spreading, the abscess will need to be drained. This drainage is most commonly achieved by performing a root canal procedure. During this procedure, infection is removed and diseased root tissue will be taken out. Once this is done, a crown will be placed over the tooth.

However, if the damage is too severe, the tooth may need to be removed completely, which will allow the infection to drain from the socket.

No matter which treatment option is right for you, we will prescribe an antibiotic to help your body get rid of any remaining infection.

If a tooth infection goes untreated, the infection could spread to other parts of the body, becoming potentially life threatening. If you believe you have a tooth infection, it’s imperative that you contact Colorado Springs, CO’s Balota Family Dentistry as quickly as possible. The earlier we can treat the infection, the better the outcome.