In one of our latest articles here, distinguished prosthodontics specialist, Professor Christian Mehl, outlines some of the most common signs of an infection in one’s teeth, and reveals whether or not a tooth infection can spread to other parts of the body.
What are some common signs of an infection in the teeth?
There are many signs of an infection in one’s teeth. These include:
- toothache or pain when chewing or biting
- sensitivity to hot or cold drinks
- pain when at rest irradiating to the opposing jaw, the ear, and the back of the head
- swelling around the tooth or in the face
- redness or tenderness in the gums
- a foul-tasting discharge from the infected tooth
- a fever
How do I know if I have an infected tooth?
The best way to determine if you have an infected tooth is to visit a dental professional. They will be able to examine your mouth, teeth, and gums to determine the cause of any symptoms you are experiencing.
Can a tooth infection spread to other parts of my body?
Yes, a tooth infection can potentially spread to other parts of the body if it is left untreated. The infection can spread to the bones and tissues surrounding the tooth, and in severe cases, it can spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body.
How is a tooth infection treated?
The treatment for a tooth infection will depend on the severity of the infection. Rarely, mild infections may be treated with antibiotics, while most infections may require a root canal procedure to remove the infected tissue from inside the tooth. In some cases, an infected and heavily damaged tooth may need to be extracted.
Can a tooth infection be prevented?
There are several steps you can take to help prevent tooth infections. People should do the following:
- brush and floss your teeth regularly to remove plaque and prevent gum disease and decay/caries
- use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen your teeth
- avoid sugary foods and drinks that can contribute to tooth decay
- visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups
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