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What Happens if My Tooth is Infected? ,
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A tooth infection, if left untreated, can lead to severe oral and overall health complications. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, we emphasize the importance of understanding the symptoms of an infected tooth and the critical need for prompt treatment. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you identify, treat, and understand the dangers associated with untreated tooth infections.

Recognizing the Symptoms of a Tooth Infection

An infected tooth, also known as an abscessed tooth, can manifest through various symptoms, some of which might be easily overlooked. Key indicators include:

  • Persistent toothache with severe, throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Swelling in the face or cheek
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
  • Fever
  • Sudden rush of foul-tasting, salty fluid in your mouth and pain relief if the abscess ruptures
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing (in severe cases)

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to contact Pure Dental Health immediately for evaluation and treatment.

Treatment Options for an Infected Tooth

Treatment of a tooth infection aims to eliminate the infection and preserve the tooth whenever possible. Options include:

  1. Root Canal Treatment: This procedure involves removing the infected or damaged pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and sealing it to prevent further infection. Root canals have a high success rate and often allow you to keep your natural tooth.
  2. Antibiotics: If the infection has spread beyond the tooth or you have a weakened immune system, antibiotics may be prescribed to help clear the infection.
  3. Drainage: If there’s a swelling or abscess, your dentist may need to make a small cut to drain the pus. This procedure is typically followed by further treatment, such as a root canal or extraction.
  4. Tooth Extraction: If the tooth is severely damaged and cannot be saved, extraction may be necessary. Your dentist will discuss replacement options, such as dental implants or bridges, to restore function and aesthetics.

The Dangers of Not Treating an Infected Tooth

Ignoring an infected tooth can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications. Here are reasons why immediate treatment is essential:

  1. Spread of Infection: Without treatment, the infection can spread to your jawbone, surrounding tissues, and even distant areas of your body, leading to serious health issues.
  2. Loss of Bone and Teeth: An untreated infection can lead to significant bone loss around the affected tooth, which can result in tooth loss and complications in dental restoration procedures.
  3. Systemic Health Problems: There is a well-established link between oral health and overall health. An untreated tooth infection can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, and even pregnancy complications.
  4. Sepsis: In severe cases, the infection can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening response to infection that can result in organ failure and death.

Prevention and Early Intervention

The best way to deal with a tooth infection is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting Pure Dental Health in Buckhead for regular checkups and cleanings. If you suspect you have a tooth infection, seek treatment immediately to avoid further complications.

At Pure Dental Health, we prioritize your oral and overall health. Our team is equipped to provide prompt, effective treatment for tooth infections and help you maintain a healthy, vibrant smile. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a tooth infection or have concerns about your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Pure Dental Health

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