Dental Problems

What are Dental Infections?

According to National Institutes of Healths (NIH) and American Dental Association (ADA), more than half of the American adults are facing some dental problems and infections are the most common among them. If left untreated they can become serious and sometimes life threatening. ADA conduct many workshops and seminars through out the states in US about the importance of healthy teeth and precautions to avoid dental infections

What are Dental Infections?

Dental infections generally arise from pulpitis and the necrotic dental pulp formed due to bacteria. Intially it begins as dental caries on the tooth’s surface, and some times it quickly spreads through various facial planes. Other causes for infections include illtreated dentures, improperly placed implants and gum diseases.

Symptoms of Dental Infections

  • Severe pain, often include swelling
  • Redness inside the mouth and sometimes even on your face
  • Tenderness to touch at the affected area
  • Dificulty in eating and swallowing food
  • Advanced effects include vomiting, chills, nausea and fever

Treatment for Dental Infections

Painkillers and antibiotics are commonly prescribed by the dentists to relieve pain and swelling.

  • The first step in the treatment of infections is to identify the source
  • Treatment starts with addressing the cause, it may need treatments like

    I&D and root canal procedure

I&D (Incised and Drained)

  • I&D will be done on the infections, it is just like popping a pimple.
  • It is an uncomfortable procedure but it gives best results.
  • A drain is placed at the infection site, this provides an easy exit track for the bacteria
  • Usually the drain will be replaced every two to three days

Root Canal Procedure

  • It is long procedure, taking around four to five visits to the dentist.
  • The nerves involved in the infection will be cleaned using this procedure
  • A permanent seal will be placed on the opening
  • In some cases to avoid further spreading the damage, the effected tooth will be removed

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