Tooth infections occur when bacteria or foreign substances find their way into the tooth and reach the pulp. Cavities, broken or cracked teeth are areas of weakness for bacteria to make its way to the pulp.
What Causes Tooth Infections?
If your tooth is breached because of dental decay, food particles and bacteria are able to penetrate deeply within the tooth. Food or other particles become an irritant within the tooth. Your body will naturally fight the foreign substances creating an infection. Often your body will create an abscess in an effort to push out the irritating substances. Another possible source for a dental infection occurs when dead cells and tissues are blocked or trapped within the tooth. Your body has a natural ability to gets rid of dead cells and cellular waste. If your body's natural cleansing system is blocked, then toxins from inside the tooth or around the tooth may turn into an infection.
Some abscesses or infections can be easily healed if you are in good health. Never avoid your dentist when an infection takes root. Dr. Bruggeman is a general dentist in Thornton, Colorado who can help you recover or give dental advise when an infection is present.
Abscess Of An Infected Tooth?
When an infection develops within your tooth pulp your body responds by trying to remove the infected substance. This may cause painful inflammation in your mouth. A lump of infected derbies may form on your gums surrounding the infection with pus. Pus is a thin protein-rich fluid that your body uses to trap and contain foreign substances. This lump is known as an abscess and can be very painful.
Steps To Take With An Infected Tooth
As soon as your sense pain and discomfort, avoid sugar foods and caffeine. Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Bruggeman to determine where the pain and discomfort may be coming from. Dr. Bruggeman will help determine if an infection is even present.
Types of Dental Infections
- Periapical abscess: it Occurs from within the tooth pulp. Typically this requires a root canal to remove the infected pulp.
- Periodontal abscess: Occurs from the surrounding tissues and bones. The is an infection of the gums and is not typically treated by a root canal.
Symptoms of a Dental Infection
- Severe, continuous pain
- Gnawing or throbbing pain
- Sharp or shooting pain
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Breath odor or mouth odor
- Possible fever
- Swollen glands of the neck
- General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
- Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw (this is a very serious symptom and you should consult your dentist immediately)