Help! I Have an Infected Tooth!

Woman with toothacheWhen a sudden toothache occurs, life comes to a halt due to the unbearable pain. You cannot focus on anything else as your discomfort is overwhelming. You try every home remedy possibly to try to feel better; however, nothing seems to work. Unfortunately, you will not find much relief at home because you likely have an infected tooth. The only way to stop the pain is to see your dentist for treatment. The longer you wait to have it treated, the worse your pain and the infection will become.

Stop the Pain of an Infected Tooth

More than 200,000 people suffer from tooth abscesses every year in the United States. A tooth-related abscess, also known as a periapical abscess, occurs when bacteria causes an infection on the inside of the tooth. When this occurs, your tooth’s nerve begins to die, causing extreme discomfort.

In some cases, you will experience swelling and may even have a cyst develop that is full of pus. If the tooth is not quickly treated, the infection can begin to spread into the surrounding bone and into the bloodstream.

Often, the severe pain causes people to see their dentist right away. However, if you are among those who try to grit their teeth through the discomfort, you are placing your tooth at risk of an extraction. If you do not have it treated immediately, your dentist cannot save it.

Restore Your Oral Health

When a tooth is infected, root canal therapy is needed, which involves removing the inner most layer of the tooth, known as the pulp. During the procedure, the areas of damage and pulp are removed. Then, it is sterilized and sealed with a special material known as gutta-percha. Impressions are then taken to create a custom-made crown.

The crown is placed over the tooth to restore its function and appearance while protecting it from additional damage. It will be made to meet your exact size, shape, and color specifications so it will look like a natural tooth.

Manage Your Discomfort

While you wait to have your root canal procedure, there are several things you can do at home to try to reduce your discomfort. It is best to avoid anything cold, which will cause the pain to intensify. Instead, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and use over-the-counter pain relievers, like Ibuprofen. Holding an herbal tea bag that has been steeped to the area can also help relieve pain. Avoid placing pressure on the tooth and keep it clean until your appointment.

Treat Your Infected Tooth Today

If you have a sudden toothache, you need to contact your dentist right away to have it treated. Do not wait or you could end up losing your tooth.

About Dr. Kimberley Capua

Since 1991, Dr. Kimberley Capua has been a trusted dentist in the area. In addition to completing her Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree, she has several hours of continued education in a diversity of areas, including restorative dentistry. If you suspect your tooth is infected, contact our office today to speak with Dr. Capua.

A resident of Texas since 1970, Dr. Capua has lived and practiced in the North Dallas / Carrollton area since 1991. She earned her dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, graduating in 1989. Prior to becoming a dentist, Dr. Capua practiced as a dental hygienist for five years. Dr. Kimberley Capua has been a dentist in Carrollton since 1989. She is married with one son and enjoys traveling, museums, music, skiing, and boating. Her affiliations include the American Dental Assiciation, the Texas Dental Association, and Dallas County Dental Society. Dr. Capua performs sedation dentistry and is nitrous oxide certified.