What can I do about my Dental Infection?

by | Ask The Intern

What you need to know about your Dental Infection

Dental Infection (toothace) causes throbbing pain, redness, warmth and swelling in the skin around a tooth. In some cases, a small collection of pus forms under the skin next to the tooth, or underneath the tooth itself. Often, only one tooth is affected. You may need help with treatment while you await a Dentist appointment. Telemedicine visit can be a way to do this. 

What are the symptoms of a Nail Infection to watch out for?

  • Throbbing, redness, warmth and swelling are most common
  • Fever, chills or sweats are less common and more worrisome
  • Collection of pus under the gum may be present next to the tooth
  • “boggy” skin that is soft and swollen around the gum
  • Referred pain to the ear, face or jaw may occur
  • Bad breath or unpleasant taste in you mouth

How did I get a Dental Infection (Toothache)?

It is caused frequently when you have a cracked tooth, decay in the teeth, gum disease or a loose or ingrown area of the tooth.  It is common that you will have milder symptoms (tenderness, mild redness, minimal swelling) that last for seven days or more. The dental infection can worsen into abscess, causing an infection inside the tooth around the gum and expanding into a larger infection or abscess (pus). Usually the pus will need to be drained to get complete relief or treatment. Telemedicine is a great place to get started on an early look at your infection. Quite often uploaded photos of high quality can help the Doctor treat you by telemedicine.

How can we get over this nail infection fast?

Doctors may help treat your toothache caused by infection with antibiotics. This infection can be painful and relief may be found with anti-inflammatory medication (Advil, Ibuprofen) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). You can begin treating yourself by using antiseptic mouthwash. You can also apply ice for 15-20 minutes to the side of the face next to the affected tooth.

With proper treatment, the outlook is usually very good. In all cases, it will be recommended that you see a Dentist. Rarely, very severe cases may progress to bone infection of the jaw or cellulitis. If you are diabetic or have other chronic illness like cancer or immune deficiency than you may need in person care. I hope this won’t happen but if you develop fever, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, or severe facial swelling, please go to an urgent care or the ER for an evaluation.



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