The Importance of Treating a Dental Infection
Dental infections vary in location and severity, but all oral infections require prompt care. Dental infections can pose an urgent threat to the health of the whole body, yet many avoid treatment due to dental phobia or misconceptions about the effectiveness of at-home treatment.
Neglecting to treat a dental infection can lead to further complications. Although over the counter or holistic methods may mitigate symptoms, the infection can only be truly cleared by intervention from a dental professional.
Prevent Infection from Damaging Your Teeth
Treat dental infections as soon as possible because the infection could lead to the loss of the tooth. Each tooth receives its life-giving supply of blood through a small bundle of nerves within the root. These nerves let the brain know when the tooth is in danger (and thus is responsible for toothache pain). When these nerves are destroyed by infection, the tooth is no longer able to communicate with the rest of the body and is effectively dead.
Damaged teeth can be replaced with crowns, bridges, and dental implants, although it is preferable and less costly to save the tooth by treating the infection early with a filling or root canal. Early intervention can save you money and time, as well as relief from pain.
Dental Infections and Systemic Threats
While a dental infection may start with a simple toothache, left unchecked, the problem can progress to a very painful condition requiring an invasive procedure to correct. The bacteria causing the infection can travel throughout the body. If the bacteria enter the bloodstream, they can travel throughout the whole body and lead to many different inflammatory diseases.
Avoid Abscesses Whenever Possible
Dental abscesses originate from an infection at the root of the tooth and can travel to the face, jaw, or throat. These areas can swell and pose significant difficulties for patients when trying to eat, speak and even breathe.
Prevent and Prompt Care from Dr. Augustine
Most instances of dental infection can be avoided with proper preventive care, meaning one must brush and floss their teeth each day, and receive timely professional care to preserve optimal oral health. If an infection does take hold, call St. Louis Urgent Dental Group immediately to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.