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Is Tooth Infection Painful?

A tooth infection often results in dental abscess due to bacteria, which enter chipped, broken, or decaying teeth. 

When bacteria reach the center of your tooth and infect it, pus can accumulate, resulting in a toothache.

Continue reading to learn more about abscessed teeth. 

What Makes Tooth Infection Painful? 

An abscessed tooth can cause mild to severe pain that can radiate to your ears and neck. If left untreated, it can turn into a life-threatening condition. You should visit the emergency room if you have an abscessed tooth and experience the following:

  • Swelling in the face
  • High fever
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Confusion

Learn about the symptoms of dental infection below. 

Symptoms of Tooth Abscess

  • A throbbing, intense pain in the affected tooth or gum that gradually worsens
  • Pain that spreads to your jaw, ear, and neck on the infected tooth or gum side.
  • Pain that increases when you lie down, disturbing your sleep
  • Swelling and redness in the face and neck
  • A discolored, tender, loose tooth
  • Swollen red gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth or bad breath

In extreme cases, you may find it difficult to fully open your mouth to the point where you can’t talk or swallow. 

How Can I Relieve the Pain?

Most people who suffer from dental infection will need to consult with their dentist or oral surgeon to seek treatment, which may include oral surgery. In the meantime, you can do the following at home:

  • Take painkillers
  • Avoid hot or cold food and drinks
  • Eating soft foods using the opposite side of your mouth
  • Using a soft toothbrush and temporarily stop flossing on the side of the infected tooth

Once you visit your dentist or oral surgeon, they can treat the source of infection by draining out the pus. Depending on the location and severity of the abscess, possible treatments include:

  • Root canal treatment: A procedure to remove the abscess from the root of an infected tooth before filling and sealing it. 
  • Surgically removing an infected tooth through extraction; this may be necessary if you’re ineligible for a root canal. 
  • Incision and drainage: Your oral surgeon may make an incision in your gum to drain the abscess. However, this is only a temporary solution, and you may need to receive additional treatment. 

Your surgeon might numb your mouth using a local anesthetic, which will only affect the treated area. If you’re undergoing a more invasive procedure, they may apply general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep. Although general anesthesia may sound intimidating, some patients prefer it because they would rather be unconscious during surgery. 

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help

A tooth infection may start small, but it can impact your daily life as it spreads. The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah specialize in tooth extraction, bone grafting, dental implant insertion, and more. We promise to provide you with the best surgery experience possible while prioritizing your comfort. We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today

Is Tooth Infection Painful?

What is a Tooth Infection?

Your teeth are full of nerves, which is why a toothache, although it only impacts part of your mouth, is no minor matter. Dental pain can be debilitating, and it’s usually the result of an underlying problem. You might have a tooth infection, resulting in sensitivity, soreness, and sharp pain. 

Continue reading to learn more about tooth infection. 

Information on Tooth Infection

A tooth infection can occur due to a variety of reasons. Still, they primarily happen as the result of untreated tooth decay or a cracked tooth, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). If bacteria penetrate your tooth’s enamel, it can spread to the tender nerves in the tooth’s pulp tissue, which can cause an abscess. Abscessed teeth require treatment from your oral surgeon, and the longer you wait to seek help, the more complex and painful the infection becomes. 

Discover the signs of a tooth infection in today’s blog. 

Signs of Tooth Infection

A throbbing tooth and a sore throat are some of the first symptoms of an infection, and if left untreated, they can escalate to redness and swelling. Excessive swelling is an indication of a fever that your body may develop as an attempt to fight off the oral infection.

Furthermore, you may also notice a foul taste and bad breath that won’t go away, no matter how many times you brush and floss your teeth. Unfortunately, you might even have a broken tooth because infections usually go undetected within the core of the teeth. You may not notice any noticeable signs apart from pain and swelling. 

If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, your cavity may have progressed to an infection:

  • Fever
  • Swollen cheeks
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Throbbing pain in the jawbone, neck, or tooth
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Pressure-related sensitivity 

If you experience swelling, fever, difficulty breathing, and swallowing, you should urgently seek medical attention because these are symptoms of severe infection that may have spread to your jawbone.

Risk Factors for Tooth Infection

Although tooth infections occur due to a variety of reasons, you may be more at risk if you experience the following:

Poor oral care: Neglecting your teeth and gums by not brushing twice a day or flossing can increase your risk of gum disease, tooth decay or infection, and other dental problems. 

Consuming too much sugar: Eating and drinking foods and beverages high in sugar, such as sweets and sodas, can cause dental cavities that can turn into a tooth abscess. 

Dry mouth: Having a dry mouth can increase your chances of experiencing tooth decay. Dry mouth usually occurs as a side effect of certain medications or aging issues. 

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You

A tooth infection can impact your entire mouth as well as the rest of your body. If you suspect you have an infection, you should consult with an oral surgeon immediately because you may require a tooth extraction procedure.

At Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah, our board-certified oral surgeons specialize in tooth extraction, dental implant insertion, bone grafting, corrective jaw surgery, and more. Our promise to you is a transparent and professional experience with your best interests at heart.

We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today

What is a Tooth Infection?