What is an infected tooth?
An infected tooth is one in which bacteria has infiltrated beneath the surface and started to proliferate within the tooth. Bacteria colonize the pulp, soft tissue within the tooth that supplies blood. Ultimately, the infection can threaten the nerve and spread far beyond the tooth. Inflammation and pain in and around the tooth become very severe.
What causes an abscessed tooth?
An abscess develops as the body responds to infection within a tooth. The abscess is a pocket of pus that can appear in various locations on the tooth. It is very common for an abscess to form on the gums near the site of an infected tooth as the infection becomes more serious.
Is dark tooth a symptom of infection?
Teeth can be discolored for several reasons. Deep darkening of a tooth is very often a sign that the ordinary flow of blood within the pulp has been terminated. This can occur as a result of tooth decay, trauma, or infection. When a tooth has deep discoloration, it is in danger of dying (becoming non-viable) or has already done so.
Is swelling of gum a sign of tooth infection?
Swelling of the gums can happen for several reasons, but all of them signal a dental issue that must be addressed right away. A specific type of lesion, called an abscess, can be mistaken for other forms of swelling on the gum and signals an infection.
What are the common tooth infection signs?
A sudden, severe toothache is one of the most common signs of tooth infection. That said, an infection can progress a very long way with mild or no discomfort. As the infection strengthens, the patient is likely to suffer moderate to severe pain. This pain can be centralized in and around the tooth, but it usually radiates around the side of the face to the ear or neck.
Does an infected tooth hurt?
An infected tooth does not always hurt. However, pain will develop and tend to be very intense once the infection progresses. If a tooth has significant decay, then lack of pain, on its own, is not necessarily a sign that there is no infection.
Will a tooth infection go on its own?
Your immune system will respond to a tooth infection in much the same way it fights other types of infection. However, this is a losing battle! A tooth infection does not go away on its own. It requires treatment of the affected tooth and, typically, antibiotics.
How to treat infected tooth?
When a tooth is infected, it can be treated in one of two ways. If the tooth is still viable, then a root canal treatment can be used to eliminate the infection and the affected pulp. If the tooth is severely damaged, then it must be extracted. Later on, an artificial tooth can be placed.
What is the prognosis of an abscessed tooth?
An abscessed tooth needs to be treated immediately for the best possible outcome. Sometimes, an abscessed tooth can be saved through a root canal. In this procedure, the infected pulp is removed and replaced with inert material. If this is impossible, the tooth must be extracted.
How to prevent tooth infection?
Brushing your teeth daily, flossing, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis are the best ways to prevent tooth infection. Since tooth infections proceed from dental decay, dental cleanings that disrupt plaque build-up will help you avoid situations where infection is likely.
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