Treating Tooth Infections is key to maintaining optimal total body health.
Teeth typically become infected due to bacterial contamination of the root pulp. The bacteria find a way into the structure of the tooth and if left untreated will enter the pulp of the tooth. This tooth pulp is connected to our body’s bloodstream and therefore can cause much more serious issues than just oral problems.
A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that is created by the bacterial infection and is often the result of an untreated dental cavity. Dentists will treat the abscess by draining it and performing a root canal to save the tooth, but in some circumstances the tooth may have to be removed.
The signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess include throbbing toothache sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures; sensitivity to the pressure of biting or chewing; foul odour or taste; fever; and swelling of the cheek. Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if it’s been awhile since your last visit to the dentist, call us today and schedule an appointment!