All dentists are qualified to perform emergency tooth extractions if needed. Tooth extractions are a relatively common oral surgical procedure and may be necessary if the tooth is severely damaged or infected. The use of antibiotics to postpone tooth extraction is not the ideal solution if the infection has progressed and reached the nerves. In case the tooth has become infected beyond repair, there is no choice but to remove it.
After removing the tooth, there may still be some infection inside, which must be drained or attacked with the help of antibiotics. In some cases, in order to safely remove a tooth, the patient will have to take antibiotics beforehand. That will eliminate the infection to the point where removal is safe. However, often, the infection can be addressed manually if it has not progressed too far.
If an abscess has occurred below the tooth, the dentist may make an incision and drain it, then wash the space with saline solution to clean any remaining infected material. Yes, dentists routinely remove infected teeth. They do it all the time. As long as the bacteria have a path to the nerve of the tooth, the abscess or infection continues.
This is true EVEN IF you don't feel pain, don't have swelling, or think you don't have an infection. Antibiotics DO NOT eliminate the infection in this case. They cannot prevent bacteria from entering the pulp chamber. You need to do root canal treatment or remove the tooth to get rid of the infection.
If you have a root canal, the infected tissue is removed, the area is cleaned, and then sealed so that no more bacteria can enter. Extraction of the tooth removes the tooth from the presence of oral bacteria. In either case, your immune system can clean up any remaining infections. Dentists will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and eliminating the infection.
They may be able to save the tooth with root canal treatment, but in some cases the tooth may need to be removed. Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications. Infection in the gum tissue surrounding a tooth can be painful and even dangerous. Tooth decay is a very common dental problem that often occurs due to infections and poor oral hygiene.
Our teeth are prone to infection because there is a soft cavity in the center of each tooth. In most cases of dental infection, a deep decay, crack, or other defect creates a path that bacteria in the mouth can take to reach the tooth's dental pulp, which contains the tooth's nerve. Not only laymen, but also dentists, generally believe that the extraction of acutely infected teeth should be avoided until the infection subsides through the use of systemic antibiotics. Before tooth extraction, dentists look for certain signs and symptoms to determine the course of treatment.
If you have a fever and swelling on your face and you can't reach your dentist, go to the emergency room. If the damage to the tooth has not progressed too far, the dentist may choose to try to save the tooth with a root canal procedure. Sometimes an infected tooth begins to cause a minimum level of swelling, or pain can begin to become a problem. Dental professionals also look for physical findings, called signs, that indicate the presence of an infection.
The dental care team at Mat-Su Health Services in Wasilla and Big Lake, AK is proud to offer general and family dentistry services. In general, for routine cases involving healthy people, the belief that removing an infected tooth will cause the spread of the infection is not a major concern and therefore is not a reason not to go ahead and remove the patient's infected tooth immediately. If the abscess does not drain, the infection can spread to the jaw and other areas of the head and neck. Teeth that are significantly damaged by tooth decay are brittle, have visible holes or black spots, and are very vulnerable to infection.
And for that reason, it's never your dentist's preferred treatment approach if there are other options. This is not true in a large number of cases where the best option to get rid of the infection is to extract the tooth. . .