When a tooth is infected, prompt treatment is the most effective way to prevent tooth extraction or loss. But identifying an infected tooth is not always easy. In many cases, an infected tooth will first be discovered during a routine cleaning and examination with Garner dentist Dr. Adam Moore. However, knowing the symptoms of tooth infection can help you spot signs in between visits, enabling us to take action to preserve your tooth as the need arises.
If you have noticed any of the symptoms of tooth infection, please contact Moore family Dentistry online or by calling (919) 772-1811 today. Dr. Moore serves patients living in and around the Garner area of North Carolina.
Identifying Tooth Infection
Increased pain, both sharp/occasional and dull/persistent are indications of tooth infection. Particularly when accompanied by increased sensitivity to hot and cold, tooth pain should be brought to Dr. Moore’s attention if it persists for more than two to three days. Even when not a sign of infection, tooth pain may indicate a serious dental problem that needs to be addressed.
In addition to tooth pain, symptoms of an infected tooth include:
- A dental abscess
- Chronic bad breath
- A bad taste in the mouth that will not respond to tooth cleaning
- The darkening of a single tooth
- Red or swollen gum tissue
- Swollen lymph nodes
When any of these symptoms occur in combination it is important to call Dr. Moore right away. When caught early on, tooth infection can easily be treated and the tooth preserved.
Treating an Infected Tooth
Tooth infections are treated with root canal therapy. This treatment enables Dr. Moore to remove bacteria and debris from inside the tooth and to protect it from future infection. During your endodontic treatment consultation, our safe and effective root canal procedure can be discussed in greater detail.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Moore, please call (919) 772-1811 today. We welcome patients from Garner, Cary, and all surrounding areas.