Dental infection is characterized by the decay of the dental pulp present within a tooth. Our teeth are covered by an external layer of enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body. Despite this, the oral bacteria can enter the pulpal space through cavities (due to tooth decay) or cracks on the teeth surfaces (due to external oral trauma). In most instances, the best way to treat this infection is through root canal therapy, which is considered the best option to save a severely infected tooth.
What are the symptoms of dental infection?
- Pain and discomfort, especially while you eat food or brush your teeth.
- Bleeding gums near the infected tooth.
- Discharge of pus.
- Discoloration of the infected tooth.
- Loosening of the tooth from the jawbone socket.
- Bone deterioration.
How is dental infection treated?
At SmileHere Family Dental, we treat a dental infection by removing the infected dental pulp from the tooth and using medication to prevent it from getting reinfected. Our team of expert doctors will thoroughly check the infected area and consider root canal therapy as a last resort treatment method if the infection is too severe. A small hole will be made on the tooth, and dental files of varying sizes will be used to extract the infected nerves and blood vessels from it. A jet of disinfectant solution is used to wash away the microbial residues.
The dentist sets a small amount of antibiotic medication in the root canal cavity to keep the microbes from causing reinfection. The hole will be closed using tooth-colored filling material, which stays completely indistinguishable from the enamel. After the dental pulp has been removed from a tooth, it would gradually weaken due to the lack of nourishment. Hence, we suggest getting a ceramic crown placed on it to keep it from getting damaged.
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