The most frequent reason of dental consultation, is the dental pain. But why do pain, sensitivity when chewing, bad breath, facial swelling, and fever have in common? They are all signs of dental infections. Evading these infections without treatment, could cause big abscess that can be mortal. In the last year the rate of people hospitalized because of a dental infection has increased more than 50%.
It´s important to understand the internal structure of a tooth. Includes blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, that can prone to infection. Normally infections are caused by cavity or decay, gum disease and chipped teeth, because they can let bacteria acts as catalyst of infection.
A tooth abscess will never get better on its own (that´s the difference of a skin infection, that can be cure easily). If you are experiencing open sores, redness, pain, and swelling of the gums, pain while chewing, or persistent tooth sensitivity – don’t delay treatment. It’s important that you seek help as soon as possible.
The infection can spread to the surrounding area as the neck, head, and other regions of the body. Also, bacteria’s can travel toward to heart, and settle in the heart lining, a heart valve, or a blood vessel; this can lead to a condition known as Bacterial Endocarditis. Shortness of breath in some tooth abscess sufferers can be a sign of Ludwig’s angina – a condition where the infection restricts the functioning of one’s airways. It’s important to note that even if your pain subsides, you are still at risk. When the tooth pulp dies (root), pain may die down temporarily, normally if the patient is absence of pain could be due that the infections is draining or the abscess have a hole where he drains. It’s very recommendable to take the complete dose of antibiotics if your doctor or a dentist prescribed you.
Here in Star Dental we have several methods to treat your infections from root canal treatments to the extraction of the tooth, but remember that always the preventive treatment is always the best option.
Implants or an all on 4 could be your better treatment to remove those infections. Remember that if the pain or swelling has subside does not mean that the entire infection has gone. Please call to schedule a phone conversation with Dr. Sevilla or with our staff. Call us now 1-866-828-2871.