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Dental Infection

At Village Smile Care, we prioritize our patients’ oral health and well-being. Dental infections are a serious concern that can lead to discomfort, complications, and even tooth loss if left untreated. 

Our experienced team is dedicated to diagnosing and treating dental infections promptly to prevent further issues. If you experience any symptoms, it’s crucial to seek professional dental care immediately.

Causes of Dental Infections

Dental infections typically arise from bacterial overgrowth within the oral cavity, often triggered by poor oral hygiene practices or underlying dental issues. Some common causes of dental infections include:

  • Tooth Decay: Untreated cavities can progress deep into the tooth, reaching the dental pulp where nerves and blood vessels reside. Bacteria can infiltrate the pulp, leading to a painful condition called pulpitis.
  • Gum Disease: Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, can cause pockets between the gums and teeth, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. It is possible for these bacteria to cause an infection of the gums (gingivitis) or spread to the underlying bone and connective tissues.
  • Dental Trauma: Injuries to the teeth, such as fractures or chips, can create openings for bacteria to enter and cause infection.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups can provide an opportunity for plaque and tartar to accumulate, increasing the risk of bacterial infection.
  • Weakened Immune System: Individuals who have immune systems that are weakened are more likely to be susceptible to dental infections, as their bodies may struggle to fight off bacterial invaders effectively.

Symptoms of Dental Infections

Recognizing the signs of a dental infection is an essential component for the timely intervention and prevention of additional problems. Some common symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Tooth Pain: Persistent or throbbing pain in the affected tooth, often aggravated by chewing or pressure.
  • Swelling: Swelling of the gums, face, or lymph nodes near the affected tooth.
  • Sensitivity: heightened sensitivity to extremes of temperature, whether hot or cold especially in the affected tooth.
  • Fever: In some cases, a fever may accompany a dental infection, indicating a systemic response to the bacterial invasion.
  • Pus Discharge: The presence of pus or discharge around the affected tooth or gums.
  • Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath, or halitosis, may indicate an underlying dental infection.

If you experience any of these symptoms, getting skilled dental care as soon as possible is absolutely necessary in order to stop the infection from spreading and causing additional damage or discomfort.

Treatment Options for Dental Infections

Effective treatment for dental infections depends on the severity and extent of the infection and the underlying cause. Our experienced dental team at Village Smile Care will carry out a thorough evaluation of your oral health conditions and evaluate your recommend the most appropriate treatment options, which may include:

  • Antibiotics: In cases of localized infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to eliminate bacterial growth and reduce inflammation.
  • Root Canal Therapy: For infections that have penetrated root canal therapy, which involves the pulp of the tooth may be necessary to remove infected tissue, disinfect seal the tooth and perform the root canal procedure in order to prevent additional infection.
  • Drainage: In some cases, drainage of abscesses or pus may be required to alleviate pain and promote healing.
  • Gum Treatment: If the infection originates from when it comes to gum disease, treatment options may include procedures such as scaling and root planing in order to eliminate plaque and tartar development and surgical procedures to reduce pocket depths and promote gum health.
  • Tooth Extraction: Extraction may be necessary in extreme circumstances, such as when the tooth has sustained considerable damage or cannot be saved, essential for preventing the infection from spreading to the teeth in the surrounding area and tissues.

Preventing Dental Infections

Prevention is key to avoiding the discomfort and potential complications of dental infections. Maintaining good oral hygiene and attending checkups at the dentist regularly can considerably lower the likelihood of patients acquiring infections and other oral health issues. Our team at Village Smile Care is dedicated in order to provide individualized attention and direction in order to assist you achieve optimal oral health for life.   

Don’t let dental infections jeopardize your smile and overall well-being. Please schedule an appointment with us today to receive the care and attention your oral health deserves.

Village Smile Care. 1730 Springdale St. Mt Horeb, WI 53572. Call (608) 437-7645

Office Hours

Monday: 7am to 4:30pm
Tuesday: 7am to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 7am to 4:30pm
Thursday: 8am to 3pm
Friday: By Appointment

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(608) 437-7645

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