Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Infection
One of the first signs that a tooth infection is out of control is the presence of pus. Pus is a thick yellowish white material made up of living and dead bacteria, white blood cells, and dead tissue. Pus can cause a foul taste and foul smell.
When you chew something you feel pain, the teeth move when you chew food. You can have bad breath or sever halitosis. Fever can be possible in this disease. You may feel bitter taste of the mouth.
Most infections cause dental pain but many remain silent and painless for years. You can have this tooth problem without feeling the dental abscess and without a toothache. This why, it is important to see a dentist regularly.
Tooth Infection Control
- Look for swelling of the gums or cheeks as an early sign of infection. Some discoloration may be present as well.
- Rinse the mouth three or four times daily with a mixture of 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 liter warm water.
- Apply cold packs to the cheek to minimize the pain.
- Administer oral antibiotics immediately if evacuation is delayed. Consult your physician for antibiotics used for tooth infections.
- Evacuate immediately to a dentist or physician.
Tooth Infection Diagnosis
Tooth infection diagnosis can be done by your dentist by various ways.
- By taking X rays of the infected teeth
- Using small mirror and periodontal probe to examining your teeth
- By asking your past medical and dental problems.
Treatment of Tooth Infection
To eliminate tooth infection, treatment is necessary. Antibiotics are helpful to get rid of infection. Do not place aspirin directly over the tooth; it increases the irritation, which can cause of mouth ulcer or aspirin burn. However, antibiotics kill the invading bacteria but don’t go inside the dead tooth so the open canals provide a safe area for the bacteria to hide.
A dental antibiotic cannot cure a tooth infection because of this. Many bacteria are resistance to antibiotics which makes even small dental infections turn out to be more serious infection.
Root canal treatment should always be accompanied by antibiotic administration to cure the infection completely. In this therapy the infected tissue in the central part of the tooth pulp is removed and replaced by a root canal filling material.
This filling material seals the teeth and prevents further damage to the teeth as well as the surrounding structures like the bone.
Prevention of Tooth Infection
To prevent continued infection, the area is then sealed. Sometimes Surgery is needed to remove the infected material from the bony tissue around the root. Sometimes the root canal therapy is not successful in that case the tooth usually has to be extracted.
Antibiotics and analgesics can help only for temporarily relief .It is not possible that tooth infection can be permanently treated without root canal therapy or the removal of the tooth.