Are you suffering from a toothache? Toothaches can be a terrible drag on your daily life. They can make it hard to eat your favorite foods, affect your concentration at work, and even keep you from getting a good night’s rest.
So what’s causing your toothache? In many cases, toothaches are caused by infected teeth. Many people don’t even realize that their teeth can become infected but it’s actually a major issue in oral health.
So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going look at the symptoms of infected teeth. We’ll also look at how we can painlessly treat infected teeth at the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, in Fairfield, OH.
Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
Only a dental professional can tell you if you have an infected tooth but an infection may bring many painful symptoms. Most noticeably, you may begin to suffer from painful toothache that occur when you chew or bite something. These toothaches may also include sensitivity in your teeth that occurs after you drink a cold or hot beverage.
Symptoms of an infected tooth may begin to worsen if it is not treated. A severe infection can cause your tooth to become discolored and your breath to sour. A pimple-like abscess may also form near the infected tooth on your gumline. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, you should contact our Fairfield office as soon as possible.
However, infected teeth are particularly scary because sometimes they present no symptoms at all. Because of this and numerous other oral health concerns such as oral cancer, we recommend having your teeth teeth cleaned and examined every six months. With early detection we can often repair a dental problem before it causes you pain.
Treatment for an Infected Tooth
Simple oral health problems like a decayed tooth can often be repaired with a routine dental filling. But when the soft dental pulp inside your tooth becomes infected, it affects the blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth. A dental pulp infection can cause pain by inflaming the nerves inside the tooth or even kill the tooth by damaging the blood vessels inside the tooth. It’s generally not a pleasant experience.
If you have a dental pulp infection, your tooth may require endodontic therapy to repair its full form and function. Commonly called a root canal, endodontic therapy is often the last line of defense for a tooth. During a root canal, we can remove the bacteria that causes the infection and prevent the need for a dental extraction. Contrary to stories you may have heard, root canals are now a simple and pain-free treatment.
During a root canal procedure, we thoroughly clean your tooth and the surrounding area. We then use local anesthetic to numb your mouth. We administer our anesthetic with DentalVibe, a special handheld device that gently vibrates your gums while delivering the numbing agent. This incredible device prevents you from experiencing any pain from an injection.
We can also administer nitrous oxide sedation to calm your nerves before the procedure. Nitrous oxide sedation, also called laughing gas, is an excellent form of dental sedation because it can decrease your anxiety without leaving you feeling overly tired, groggy, or even asleep after your restorative dentistry procedure.
After your mouth is numb and you’re comfortable, we enter your tooth and remove the infected dental pulp. We also carefully clean the inside of your tooth and remove any troublesome material. Your tooth is then filled and covered with a dental crown. After your root canal procedure, your tooth will regain its natural form and function — without any more painful toothaches!
Make An Appointment
If you believe you’re at risk for an infected tooth, you should contact our office right away. We can put an end to your toothache and restore the form and function of your affected tooth. A root canal may seem like an intimidating procedure but with Dr. Dine’s care they are comfortable and straightforward.
To make an appointment, contact the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, in Fairfield, OH. You can each our office by calling 513‑823‑2575 or contact us through our online form. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you get the dental care you need and deserve.