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Recognizing the Signs of Tooth Infection

June 29, 2022
Posted By: Causeway Dentistry
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Tooth infections can creep up when you least expect them. Often, these painful infections derail plans and rob you of rest. Of course, there are preventive measures to lower your risks for oral infections—brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist—but it’s also essential to know the signs.

Your dentist in Clearwater, FL, is always here for you in the event of a dental emergency.

Tooth Infection Symptoms

Most tooth infections are caused by bacteria penetrating the tooth’s root canal. This is the center of the tooth that holds pulp and nerves. Bacteria reach this area because of untreated decay or tooth trauma.

In most cases, root infections present with the following:

  • Severe toothache
  • Gum and face swelling
  • Blister on the gum

Sometimes, the infected tooth weeps puss near the gumline, and you’ll notice a sour taste in the mouth.

Treating Tooth Infections with Your Emergency Dentist in Clearwater, FL

If you have a toothache, you must contact our dental office to arrange an emergency dental visit. At this appointment, your dentist diagnoses your emergency and takes prompt action to treat it.

For a root canal treatment, we numb the area, and your dentist clears the infection from the center of your tooth. We then clean the canal and fill it with a temporary rubber-like material to promote healing.

Patients report feeling better immediately after root canal therapy. However, you may notice mild pain and swelling a day following treatment, but nothing compared to the pain associated with a festering root infection.

After a week or two, you return to our dental office, and we typically fit you with a dental crown. This is to restore stability and protect the treated tooth from loss.

For Dental Infections Near Me, Contact Us

An untreated tooth infection can lead to loss and breakage. Additionally, the infection can spread to other teeth. Reach out today if you notice symptoms of an oral infection.

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