Pain in your mouth should never be ignored. It is a sign that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. You may be aware of the source of your pain if, for example, you have a cavity or a broken tooth. But you also may have a crack in your tooth, which may be too small to be detected during your dental exam.
Any a cavity or crack in your tooth could allow bacteria to enter the interior of your tooth, and infect the pulp. As the bacteria spread through the tooth, it causes pus to build up at the root’s tip. That pus may leak into your mouth, but moreover, the infection can spread to your jaw and spread to your head and neck. You can also be at risk for other health problems.
If you have an abscess, you may experience pain and swelling, along with a bad taste in your mouth if the abscess starts to drain. You may also develop a fever as the infection grows. Only a dentist can effectively treat you for an abscess. There are no home remedies, and the condition will not improve on its own. Your dentist may treat an abscess with antibiotics, a root canal or an extraction.
If you have pain in one of your teeth, you need to have it addressed before it becomes infected and presents additional health problems. Our dentist, Dr. David G. Ogle, Samuel E. Schmitz, William R. Hart, & David Fickas will be happy to see you. If you live in the Newburgh, Indiana, area, call 812.853.3313 today to schedule an appointment at Family Dentistry, and let’s get you started on the road to better health.