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Tooth Infection Treatment

Tooth Infection Treatment Questions and Answers

Does your tooth have an infection? Trust the experts at Ideal Endodontics to treat your dental concerns. Read our Q and A page for more information on tooth infections or contact us today!

Tooth Infection Treatment Questions and Answers
Tooth Infection Treatment Questions and Answers

Table of Contents:

What is the fastest way to cure a tooth infection?
How long can you go with an abscessed tooth?
How do you get rid of a tooth infection?
What are the signs and symptoms that a tooth infection is spreading?

A tooth infection occurs when a collection of bacteria accumulates inside the tooth or gum. Left untreated, tooth infections can spread to other parts of the body via the blood stream and can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. It is important to have a tooth infection evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible.

What is the fastest way to cure a tooth infection?


While the only way to cure a tooth infection is with antibiotics, there are other remedies available to help reduce the pain and disinfect the mouth, such as:

• Saltwater rinse
• Baking soda
• Medicinal-grade essential oils, like:
1. Oregano oil
2. Thyme oil
3. Clove oil
4. Tea Tree oil
5. Lavender oil
• Herbal teas
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Garlic
• Over-the-counter pain killers
• Coconut oil
• Cold compress
• Aloe vera gel

How long can you go with an abscessed tooth?


An accessed tooth does not heal on its own and requires antibiotics to clear the infection. Delaying treatment only increases the chances of the infection spreading to other parts of the body and doing more damage to the teeth. Abscesses can lead to an infection that spreads to the eyes, sinuses and brain and can also move into the chest and affect the heart. In cases where the infection spreads, it can be fatal.

How do you get rid of a tooth infection?


The only way to definitively cure a tooth infection is with the use of antibiotics. If you have an abscessed tooth, it is imperative to seek medical attention from a dentist or endodontist immediately.

What are the signs and symptoms that a tooth infection is spreading?


Tooth infections can quickly lead to very serious health implications. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a tooth infection and should be seen by a dental professional right away:

• A nagging toothache
• Sudden, extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
• Sensitivity while chewing and biting
• Facial swelling
• A pocket of pus on the gums near the affected tooth
• Swollen lymph nodes under your jaw

With prompt and proper treatment, tooth infections are normally not too severe. Your dentist may simply drain the infection. A root canal may be performed to conserve the tooth.

Signs that a tooth infection has spread to other parts of the body include:

• Feeling unwell
• Fever
• Swelling
• Increased breathing and heart rate
• Dehydration and stomach pain

If the infection enters the blood stream, it can lead to a fatal condition called sepsis. If an abscess ruptures, the pain can subside. However, this is usually the first sign that the infection is spreading to other parts of the body.

The best treatment for a tooth infection is preventing one from happening in the first place. Preventative measures include:

• Brushing twice a day
• Flossing at least once a day
• Using mouthwash to help kill unwanted bacteria
• Using a new toothbrush every 3-4 months
• Visiting your dentist as recommended
• Avoiding consumption of too much sugar

If you or someone you know has a tooth infection, come to Ideal Endodontics for treatment today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating tooth infections and can help return your oral health to normal working order. For more information on our tooth infection treatment and how it can benefit you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our tooth infection specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.

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