Have you ever felt that strong pain in your mouth and dreaded the thought of infection? The discomfort is severe and everyday life is difficult to manage with an infection or dental abscess. Estimated, there are about 700 different types of bacteria making up over 6 million bacteria living in the oral cavity, according to an article published in “Clinical Microbiology Reviews” in January 2009. As you may know, dental health plays an important role in overall health and wellness. Please seek prompt treatment if you suspect a dental infection or abscess. Below is information regarding signs, treatment, and prevention of dental infection and abscess.
Delaying treatment for infection may result in many health complications, such as spreading to bone, blood, and other important areas. Infections can be potentially dangerous if left untreated, especially for those who are immunosuppressed, elderly, young, or pregnant. Trust our team to promptly care for the infection and get you back to your busy life. We understand dental treatment can be scary. Our goal is to keep you comfortable, if there is anything we can do to accommodate you please call our office.
Signs of Infection
Pain is often felt with an infection in the oral cavity. The gums may become inflamed and red around the infected area. Due to necrotic tissue, the tooth may darken in color. Another important sign of infection is a foul odor, or bad breath. You may sense a bitter taste in the mouth, or abnormal sensitivity to hot or cold. Signs of a larger infection may show swollen glands in the neck, severe jaw pain, fever, fatigue, and swelling.
There may be no signs associated with the infection which is why routine dental care is vital to your health. Monitor your oral cavity often for changes in condition and present any concerns to us during your visits.
Treatment for infection varies widely on where the infection is and the type. Usually, antibiotics will be used to help rid of the bacteria and prevent the progression of infection. Generally, the tooth will need to be drained of the bacteria which is usually done by root canal if the tooth can be saved. If the tooth is unable to be saved, it will need to be removed or extracted.
Prevention is key in avoiding these unexpected situations of infection which can disrupt daily life. Our team will help to educate you on ways to prevent infection. The best way to prevent the formation of an abscess or infection is by practicing good oral hygiene. Visit us routinely for cleanings, brush and floss twice a day, and avoid sugary snacks. If a tooth chips or cracks, seek treatment immediately to prevent exposure of bacteria.