If you are experiencing a serious toothache, swelling on your gums, or a foul taste in your mouth, possibly accompanied by fever, then it’s likely you have an infected tooth. An infected tooth is treated using root canal therapy. We know that people think root canal therapy is painful, but the truth is that typically a root canal treatment actually eliminates pain. And it makes your tooth functional and beautiful again. The results of a root canal treatment can save a threatened tooth for 15 years or more of future service.
If you’re worried about a root canal treatment, choose an experienced local practice with friendly, compassionate people. Advantage Dental Group has been serving Pueblo for 20 years, and many members of our team have 20 years’ experience or more. Please call (719) 545-1400 today for an appointment to get your infected tooth treated.
Infected Tooth Symptoms
Root canal therapy is used to treat an infected tooth. How do you know if your tooth is infected? There are many common symptoms, such as:
- Spontaneous tooth pain
- Pain that spreads from tooth or can be felt in distant places
- Pimple-like sore on the gums
- Oozing sore on the gums
- Chronic bad breath or foul taste in the mouth
- Localized warmth in tooth or on gums
- Discolored tooth
Most people assume that an infected tooth will be painful, and it usually is–but not always. An infected tooth might not be painful because the nerve is dead or there’s no pressure on the nerve thanks to fluid flowing out of the tooth to relieve pressure.
But if the tooth is painful, the pain may radiate out from the tooth and may even be felt far away in other parts of the body.
The infection can spread from the tooth into the gums, which may cause a pimple-like sore or a burst sore that oozes pus. This is often the source of chronic bad breath or a foul taste in the mouth.
Infection can cause your body to raise temperature to attempt to kill bacteria. This may start with localized warmth as part of the body’s immune response.
When a tooth is infected, it can become discolored as the pulp inside the tooth dies and is replaced by bacteria.
Dangers of an Infected Tooth
If you have an infected tooth, you should treat it as a dental emergency and get treatment as soon as possible.
An infected tooth can quickly turn into a deadly acute infection. The interior of the tooth is an area where bacteria can thrive in relatively safety from your immune system. From here, the infection can spread to the sinuses, the brain, the lungs, and elsewhere. These infections can be deadly, and can cut down even relatively healthy young men in a matter of days. The sooner the infection is dealt with, the less risk that it will develop into an acute infection.
Even if the infected tooth remains a low-grade chronic infection, it can have deadly consequences for your health. Like gum disease, the bacteria can contribute to chronic inflammation, which can increase your risk of heart disease. We haven’t yet established connections between infected teeth and other conditions like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, but their link to gum disease means such connections are likely.
Do not leave an infected tooth untreated.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Root canal therapy has been used for a long time, longer than we have had reliable dental anesthesia, and its reputation as a painful procedure comes from these times. Root canal therapy involves removing the living part of an infected tooth–including the tooth nerve–which would be very painful without anesthesia.
Modern root canal therapy is performed under anesthesia so that you experience no discomfort during the procedure. Once the nerve is removed, lingering discomfort from the procedure is minor. Within a few days of your procedure, discomfort will be less than it was before treatment, and all discomfort should be gone a week or so after treatment.
Modern root canals are remarkable pain relievers–not causes of pain.
Is Root Canal Therapy or a Dental Implant Better?
When a tooth is threatened by infection, we can decide to try to save it with root canal therapy or extract it and replace it with a dental implant. Both procedures have very high success rates, and give long-lasting, functional, attractive results. Which is best in your situation depends on your condition.
Resolve Your Infected Tooth Today
Do you have or suspect you have an infected tooth? Let us take care of you. We can treat your infected tooth to give you a whole, beautiful, healthy smile.