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Signs of Tooth Infection

Posted on 6/5/2023 by OM
Signs of Tooth InfectionA tooth infection can result from gum disease, untreated cavities, or poor oral hygiene. If left untreated, the abscess can spread to other body parts, leading to severe complications. Fortunately, this oral issue responds well to professional dental treatments. This may involve root canal treatment to save the tooth. Therefore, if you detect any of these signs of tooth infection, it would be wise to seek professional care to avoid health complications in the future.

Severe Toothache

The most common sign of tooth infection is a severe toothache that causes pain in the ears, neck, and jaw. The pain may be persistent, lowering the quality of your life. Why does tooth infection cause tooth pain? The tooth consists of a pulp, a soft material that features nerves, blood vessels, and tissues. When the infection irritates the nerves, it results in severe pain that can make eating or speaking difficult. While toothache does not always indicate tooth infection, any pain in your mouth should be a sign that it is time to see a dentist.

Teeth Sensitivity

In most cases, tooth infection occurs due to oral issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Gum swelling and inflammation cause pockets to form between the gums and teeth. With time, the pockets will become deep and filled with plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria. If left untreated, the condition can advance to more serious gum disease (periodontitis). Periodontitis can lead to the loss of gum tissues, exposing the tooth's roots. This causes tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures.

Bad Breath

Neglecting good oral hygiene can cause tooth decay, which can lead to tooth infection. At first, you may not notice the signs of tooth infection. However, if left untreated, the abscess may ooze pus between the teeth or the gum line. This results in bad taste and bad breath. Do you suspect a tooth infection? Contact us, and our professionals will determine a suitable treatment option based on your needs.
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