Tooth Infection Symptoms & How It Affects Your Body

Tooth Infection SymptomsMost people do not realize that a toothache may be more than an annoyance and can lead to significant health conditions. While most toothaches are not tooth infections, those that are, are serious issues that need to be dealt with as soon as possible.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Tooth Infection?

Pain in your mouth may make you wonder if you have an infection. There are many possible symptoms, some of which may surprise you.

  • Throbbing Or Pulsing Mouth Pain
  • New Sensitivity To Hot & Cold Beverages & Foods
  • Teeth Changing Color
  • Pimple-Like Swelling Around A Tooth
  • Swollen Face, Gums, Or Jaw
  • Soreness In The Jaw
  • Bad Breath
  • Sour Taste
  • Difficulty Speaking Due To Pain
  • Pain That Gets Worse When You Lie Down
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Body Aches
  • Fever

What Causes Tooth Infections?

Knowing the causes of an infection can help you to prevent them. While some causes seem obvious, others are less well-known.

  • Inadequate Oral Hygiene
  • A Diet High In Sugar
  • Untreated Cavities
  • Damaged Dental Work
  • Smoking
  • Cracked Or Chipped Teeth

Will A Tooth Infection Go Away On Its Own?

This is an issue that will not simply go away on its own. If it expands to the root, it can become an abscess, which will need to be drained. The bacteria created by an infection can spread to other teeth and can even invade your entire body. A decrease in symptoms may indicate nerve damage rather than healing.

How Would I Know That A Tooth Infection Has Spread?

  • Dizziness
  • Flushed Skin
  • Sweats or Chills
  • Difficulty Talking Or Swallowing
  • Dehydration
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Feeling Lightheaded

When Should I Call My Dentist About An Infected Tooth?

If you have a fever over 103 F (102.2 F for children) or you are having trouble breathing, you should head to your emergency room. But if your fever isn’t that high, and you have the following symptoms with your mouth pain, you need a same-day visit with your dentist.

  • Reddened Gums
  • Pain While Chewing Food
  • A Broken Tooth

How Will My Dentist Treat A Tooth Infection?

You may need antibiotic medication and a procedure such as a root canal that removes the infected area or a tooth extraction that removes an entire tooth.

Relieving Pain While You Wait For Your Appointment

While you are waiting for your appointment time, you may find some relief by taking ibuprofen and eating only soft foods. Avoid hot and cold beverages and foods.

Gentle Dentistry Techniques In San Ramon, CA

If you are experiencing tooth pain or mouth discomfort, call Dr. Carol Jin, D.D.S., today. Our clinic specializes in treating dental issues in gentle ways.