Posts for: October, 2016

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
October 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Find out more about dental infections and what can be done to treat them.

You have been dealing with nasty dental pain and you’re fed up. It’s making it difficult to just get through the day and nearly impossible to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal. Dental pain can be warning you of a variety of different issues, including an infection. Find out more about dental infections and how our Flint, MI endodontist, Dr. Frank Gordon Jr., can treat them.

One of the most common tooth infections is an abscessed tooth. This is when bacteria have reached the roots of a tooth. An abscessed tooth usually results from tooth decay that wasn’t detected. More often than not, if you are someone who doesn’t visit their Flint general dentist for routine exams then you may have decay and never even know it until an abscess occurs.

An abscessed tooth can also be the result of a broken or chipped tooth that wasn’t treated right away. When a tooth is damaged bacteria now has a place to go and can easily reach the inside of the tooth (also known as the dental pulp). From there the bacteria can continue to spread to the roots of the tooth and even the surrounding bone.

What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?

The most common symptoms of an abscess are:

  • Dental pain, particularly when chewing or biting down
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Bad breath
  • Gum redness or inflammation
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums near the problem tooth

How is it treated?

Our goal is to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible and to treat the infection. This is most often done through root canal therapy, where we go inside the tooth, remove the diseased tissue and disinfect the tooth. From there we can start to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. At the end of this treatment a dental crown is usually placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage and to restore its strength and resilience.

Unfortunately, there are some patients that wait too long to seek medical treatment and the infection is so severe that even a root canal won’t be able to save the tooth. In this case a tooth extraction is typically necessary.

Don’t let dental pain get the better of you. By ignoring this pain the problem will only get worse. Protect your teeth from potential irreparable damage by calling our Flint, MI dental office today.