A tooth infection is the result of bacteria accumulation that has spread to the inner dental pulp, where the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue of a tooth reside. When left untreated, an infection can worsen and form an abscess within a tooth (periapical) or at the gums (periodontal), resulting in debilitating pain, swelling, fever, and heightened temperature sensitivity, among other symptoms. In most cases, preventative oral hygiene is the key to minimizing the risk of a tooth infection. With that said, being aware of the factors that commonly cause an infection to form can help you inhibit the spread of dental decay and better maintain the health of your oral structures. In general, a tooth infection can result from:
- An untreated cavity
- A tooth injury that causes chips, cracks, or fissures in the enamel
- Extensive decay from a sugary diet
- Poor oral hygiene
Fortunately, pursuing swift treatment as soon as you recognize the early signs of a tooth infection—which may include swelling, tenderness, discoloration around the tooth, or a constant bad taste in the mouth—can easily address bacteria buildup before additional complications develop. Root canal therapy is a routine treatment that can remove the inflamed tissue, cleanse and sterilize the nerve chamber, and restore the health of your teeth and gums. In cases wherein a root canal cannot save an infected tooth, an extraction may be necessary to rid the mouth of disease-causing bacteria. No matter your concerns, our experienced dentists are committed to designing a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your pain and rehabilitate your oral wellness.
For more information on a root canal, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Drs. Klumb or Menolascino today.