Tooth infections, also known as dental abscesses, can cause severe pain and lead to serious complications without immediate treatment. We educate our patients to recognize the signs of a tooth infection so they can seek timely treatment. Here are common indicators that your tooth may be infected:

  • Severe Tooth Pain: A persistent pain that worsens with pressure or chewing is often a sign of infection.
  • Swelling: Swelling of the gums, face, or lymph nodes near the affected tooth indicates an inflammatory response to infection.
  • Sensitivity to Temperature: Increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks can be a symptom of an infected tooth.
  • Fever: In some cases, a fever may accompany a dental abscess, signaling a systemic response to infection.
  • Bad Taste or Odor: A foul taste or odor in the mouth, especially near the affected tooth, suggests the presence of bacteria and pus.

What to Do if You See Signs of a Tooth Infection

  • Contact our team immediately for an evaluation if you experience any symptoms of a tooth infection.
  • Avoid Self-Treatment: Over-the-counter pain relievers may temporarily alleviate symptoms, but they won’t address the underlying infection.
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene by brushing and flossing around the infected tooth
  • Schedule routine visits, exams, and check-ups to allow your dentist to identify and address dental issues before they worsen into infections.
  • Ignoring a tooth infection can lead to serious consequences, including tooth loss and systemic infection. If you suspect that you have a tooth infection, don’t hesitate to contact our team in Panorama City.

Schedule an appointment at Parthenia Family Dental for prompt evaluation and treatment.

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