How do you know if you have an oral infection? Here at Gaston Dental Associates in Gastonia, North Carolina, we take toothaches very seriously. Your teeth are filled with tons of nerves and having a toothache is no small matter. The pain from a toothache can be madding and normally it’s the result of a more deeper issue. Your tooth may be infected and that can cause soreness in your gums, sensitivity, throbbing and sharp stabbing pains in your mouth. If you suspect that you have an oral infection we suggest you come in the office, so we can take care of this problem quickly. In this article we are going to be describing the signs and symptoms of an oral infection.
Signs and Symptoms of an Oral Infection
If you have a sore or throbbing toothache this is the first sign that we have a problem. If you leave it without it being treated it can become infected. You will experience pain, redness of the area, swelling of the gums, and a high fever, what your body is trying to do is fight off the infection. You might also have a very bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away when you brush, floss, or use mouthwash. You might also have a broken tooth, but the infection can go into the core of your tooth without any signs of pain or swelling. If you have:
- Throbbing or a sharp pain in your tooth, jawbone or neck.
- If you have swelling in your cheek near the tooth.
- You would have sensitivity to hot and cold substances.
- You would have a pressure-related sensitivity
- A fever and a very bad taste in your mouth
- In some cases, you would even have swollen lymph nodes in your neck.
If you have trouble breathing, if you have a fever, swelling or trouble swallowing you need to contact us immediately. This is a sign of a very severe infection that can spread to other parts of your body.
The Cause of an Oral Infection
Most oral infections happen when you have poor dental hygiene, tooth decay, and cracked teeth. Infection is caused by bacteria that has penetrated the enamel on your teeth. It infects the nerves that are located in the pulp tissue of your tooth, the infection is called an abscess. Please do not hesitate to come in and see us if you have an oral infection.
What We Will Do to Treat the Oral Infection
We will need to clean out the infection before we try to repair you tooth, and this is called a root canal, we will drill inside your tooth, so we can reach the infected area, when the area is clear of infection we will then put a crown over your tooth to protect it. If the infection has been in there for a long time that can result in a major root canal, but the majority of them are minor. We may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat the remain infection. If you have any of these signs we urge you to call us as soon as possible so we can get the infection out of your mouth and on to a better future without pain.