Damage to your tooth, whether it is from trauma or disease needs to be addressed by a dentist as soon as possible. Even a small crack in your tooth, which can easily be missed during an exam, or even by an x-ray can allow bacteria to penetrate the tooth and create an infection. Your dentist can fix this problem with a root canal, but if it is not treated, the infection can develop into an abscess.
An abscess is formed when pus from the infection builds up at the tip of the root. As the pus increases, it may start to drain into your mouth, but if it is not removed, it may spread to your jaw, neck, and head, creating other serious health problems. Even with an abscess, the dentist may be able to save the tooth with a root canal, but the infection will still need to be treated. Your dentist may drain the infection before performing the root canal and may start you on a course of antibiotics to fight the infection.
Damage to your tooth may be the result of some type of trauma, but all too often damage and infection are the results of poor dental hygiene and a bad diet. You should brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams. Limit or avoid sugary foods, and keep an eye on your intake of carbohydrates, which contain other types of sugars and starches that cause tooth decay.
If you have a persistent toothache, a fever, swelling, or sensitive teeth, you should contact our dentist Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz at Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz for an examination. If you live in the Studio City, California area, you can schedule an appointment by calling 818-641-5577.