A Dallas Dentist Explains Root Infection
With the ailments that can come with poor oral hygiene, inattentive care after oral surgery, or sometimes just bad luck, it’s easy to get confused as to which one means what. When it comes to tooth root exposure, the major concern for most people is how much pain it causes. But as a premier Dallas dentist, Lynn Dental Care knows from experience that an infection in the root of your tooth is far worse than a toothache.
Signs and Symptoms
With some oral and dental pain, it can be hard to determine what the specific cause may be. Pain from sensitive teeth or a persistent toothache can both have multiple causes. However, if you have an infected root, the symptoms are much clearer.
Pain is the first obvious indicator – especially when you try to eat. But, along with pain, you’ll also see and feel a swelling in the gums around the affected area. You might also taste something bitter that you can’t identify and have distinctly bad breath. As with any infection, you could also have a fever and general feeling of sickness. If you experience any of these, especially a fever or sickness, you should contact your Dallas dentist to get treatment as soon as possible.
Causes of Infection
In our Dallas dentist blog, we’ve previously covered cavities, and an infection at the root of your tooth is one of the major problems that can arise from tooth decay. On a more detailed level, an infection happens when the pulp – the softer tissue inside your tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves – is contaminated with bacteria. In the case of an infection, an abscess will form under the tooth, deep inside your gum. Any of things that we mentioned can cause cavities and sensitive teeth – sugary food, poor hygiene, and tooth grinding – can lead to an abscess.
Risks of Complication
As we’ve gone over before, an out-of-control infection can be extremely dangerous. It can lead to you losing teeth, as well as the infection spreading to your bloodstream and putting you in a much riskier situation.
How Is An Infection Treated?
There are a few ways you can treat an infected root – all of which you can get at our Dallas dentist clinic – but it will depend on the severity of your abscess. The most well-known procedure is a root canal, where the tooth is drilled into to reach the abscess, which is then drained of infected fluid.
If the abscess is in a more accessible position, closer to the surface of the gums, your dentist can cut into it and drain it without having to drill into the tooth, cleaning it with a saline solution.
If an infection gets bad enough or is deep enough that it’s inaccessible even via a root canal, then your tooth will need to be pulled in order to reach it. While no one wants to lose a tooth, relief from the pain and the risk of further infection in this situation will be worth it.
Your Dallas Dentist Office
If you’re suffering from a persistent toothache and suspect you might even have an infection, Lynn Dental Care is the Dallas dentist for you. We focus on reassuring our patients, making them feel comfortable and confident about their treatment, and secure in the knowledge that they’ll be taken care of. Whether you’re looking for orthodontics, a Periodontist, an Invisalign dentist, oral surgery or just a checkup, contact Lynn Dental Care today.