Tooth Infections: Treatment and Prevention

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Tooth infections, or dental abscesses, are not only one of the most common types of dental issues. They can also be very painful and even deadly if they go untreated. Infections arise as bacteria infiltrate the innermost chamber of the tooth, or pulp, resulting in inflammation, pus formation, and tissue decay. Tooth infections, however, develop for a variety of reasons but untreated tooth decay and an injury to the tooth are common causes. In this article, we will learn how we treat and prevent dental abscesses at Van Nuys dental.

Importance of treatment

The most worrying aspects of tooth infections are how they can sometimes travel beyond the tooth and a person’s jawbone, causing life-threatening outcomes. Without treatment, the bacteria from a tooth infection can enter your bloodstream. This already increases the risk of severe infections in other parts of your body. If it spreads to other areas, you could face conditions such as sepsis or brain abscesses. A tooth infection can also cause the loss of bone around the infected tooth, which will make it loose and might end up needing to be extracted.

Treatment

In other words, treatment usually requires getting to the root cause of the infection. This ensures that you get rid of any bacteria causing it. In most cases, this will mean that root canal therapy is needed. This is an endodontic therapeutic procedure where the diseased pulp tissue is removed; cleaned, sterilized, and shaped (root canal) by using special instruments; and then returned to the tooth to prevent re-infection. However, in severe cases or when a tooth is no longer able to be restored, the extraction becomes necessary to avoid infection spreading.

Prevention

The best way to prevent a tooth infection is with good oral hygiene practices The act of brushing and flossing frequently will remove plaque and bacteria on the teeth’s surface, along with in between your cracks or gumlines, which then decreases the potential for tooth decay followed by infections. Also, by visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups, he or she can catch cavities that become an infection that spreads throughout the mouth.

Tooth infections are serious and sometimes life-threatening, but protective steps and early treatment can save your smile from harm and limit possible damage to your body. If you have severe tooth pain especially when other symptoms like swelling and fever are present as well, you must see your dentist for treatment of the infection. Tooth infections can be managed and your smile ensured for many years to come, as long as you seek treatment early enough and consider seeking proper care.

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