A toothache is one of the most common reasons for a dental emergency. This condition can sometimes be mild enough that you’ll only need to take over-the-counter medications to manage it. However, you can still be at risk of a tooth infection, which can have a serious impact on your oral and overall health. Read on to learn why you should visit your dentist when experiencing a severe toothache.
What Causes a Tooth Infection?
One major reason you might have a throbbing ache in your smile can be due to a tooth infection. This typically occurs from improper dental care, overconsumption of sugary foods and drinks, gum infection, bacteria growth, or even a sore throat. It can also be caused by bacteria gathering in the soft tissue of the mouth after a poorly done dental procedure, or by improper diets and hygiene.
What Makes a Tooth Infection Potentially Fatal?
A tooth infection is the highest cause of hospitalization in the US. Although it usually starts as a mild toothache, the bacteria can begin to multiply in the affected tooth, causing inflammation or abscesses within. The pus will then increase in size and damage the underlying tissues, possibly spreading to other areas of the body. If left untreated for too long, it can cause the loss of cognitive ability/control, brain activity, or fatal results.
When Should You Visit Your Dentist?
Mild toothaches aren’t generally something to worry about, but you should see your dentist right away if you experience some or all of the following symptoms of a tooth infection:
- Fever or high temperatures
- Red and swollen gums
- Continuous throbbing at the location of discomfort
- Intense sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks
- Difficulty eating, chewing, or speaking
- Headaches, insomnia, and pain in the mouth
If you begin to notice any of these signs or symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with your dentist immediately. With their help, they’ll be able to stop the tooth infection from progressing out of control. Additionally, you can always improve your dental hygiene routine and get regular dental checkups to reduce your risks in the future.
About the Author
Dr. Jill Wade graduated with her dental degree from Baylor University and achieved the Master of Academy of General Dentistry designation. She’s also a proud member of several prestigious organizations including the Heart Association, the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Circle of Red Member of the American. She provides a wide selection of modern and comprehensive dental treatments, including tooth extractions and checkups/cleanings, to help you protect and maintain healthy teeth. If you’re experiencing a toothache and would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to visit our website or call 972-377-7800.