Many people have busy schedules and can’t make time for the dentist or do not wish to see a dental professional due to anxiety or fear of treatment. We at St. Louis Urgent Dental Group urge you to visit the dentist if you are experiencing or believe you may have a tooth infection. Our St. Louis dental team has provided you the following information to educate you on the dangers of leaving a dental infection unaddressed.
How Does a Tooth Become Infected?
When bacteria are left on the surface of teeth for an extend period of time, the acid they secrete works its way to the dental pulp, which is an essential collection of sensitive tissues and blood vessels. Once the pulp becomes compromised it is important to perform root canal therapy or extraction may become necessary to remove the source of the issue. If neither are completed, then the harmful microbes make their way down the root and begin to negatively affect neighboring dental structures.
What are the Stages of Infection?
Cavity- This is the initial phase of a tooth infection as bacteria may have not made its way to a tooth’s inner chambers yet, but there are divots on the surface of the enamel that would require fillings.
Pulp Infection- When the harmful microbes have reached inside the tooth and are negatively impacting its blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerve endings.
Compromising Surrounding Dental Structures- Periodontal disease and the spread of infection are two common occurrences if a diseased tooth is left unaddressed. You may begin to experience bleeding of the gums and inflammation around teeth.
Abscess- A pocket that harbors a bacterial infection and develops at different parts of a tooth. This dental issue does not go away on its own and requires professional intervention.
What is the Worst-Case Scenario?
Many may wonder what happens if they do not address a dental infection. Well since periodontal disease typically accompanies a diseased tooth, people may begin to feel teeth becoming loose or dislodging from their mouth. What makes a tooth infection especially dangerous is its ability to spread to areas like the jaw, neck, and even brain. Patients may even develop sepsis which is a life-threatening infection that travels through a person’s entire body.
How do I Prevent a Tooth Infection?
Brushing and flossing twice a day is the best defense you have against bacteria. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to gently scrub away the harmful microbes and reach between the spaces of your teeth, eliminating plaque and food debris. Use a mouth rinse that contains no alcohol to wash away leftover particles and keep your smile clean, healthy, and beautiful.
At St. Louis Urgent Dental Group, we do everything we can to protect your dental and overall well-being. Our team is dedicated to your smile and makes every effort to ensure you leave our practice with alleviated discomfort and improved oral health.