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Feb
13

Swelling in my Mouth and a Severe Toothache, Now What?

Posted in Root Canals

Well the first thing to do is call your dentist and get an appointment to see them as soon as possible, because these are symptoms of a abscessed tooth, which is an infection of a tooth.  Often this occurs as a result of tooth decay or bacteria entering the tooth thru a cracked filling or other means, resulting in a bacterial infection of the pulp of the tooth.

Since the tooth has blood vessels, which are obviously connected to the blood vessels throughout the body, an untreated tooth infection can spread to the jaw and eventually throughout the body, which is a serious and potentially life threatening condition.

The exact treatment for an infected tooth varies from patient to patient depending on the extent of the infection.  In some cases the dentist will recommend that the tooth be removed and the patient under go treatment with antibiotics, until all traces of the infection are eliminated.  In other cases, the treatment may be a root canal, where the pulp and nerve of the tooth are removed.

In addition, the dentist will also use a combination of antibiotics applied to the inside of the tooth, as well as oral antibiotics. Once the infection has been eliminated, the dentist will protect the tooth from further damage by installing a crown over the damaged tooth, but the tooth will still be completely functional.

A tooth abscess is a dental emergency and should be treated immediately and aggressively.  In addition to being extremely painful as the infection spreads, it is also a potentially very serious medical condition.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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