At OnCall Dental in Fresno CA, we constantly remind our patients that if something feels like an emergency, they shouldn’t hesitate to see us. However, we know that sometimes pain can seem manageable and a patient might choose to put off treatment.
Our suggestion: don’t even think about it! Your dull ache could actually constitute a serious dental emergency!
When bacteria from food and saliva coat our teeth and we fail to properly clean them, the debris and detritus can infect the gum tissue and teeth. This can cause cracked, broken, or damaged teeth. If left untreated, this leads to a tooth infection.
A dental abscess is a tooth infection where a concentration of pus forms somewhere in or around a tooth as a result of a bacterial infection, and this could be causing your pain.
Symptoms of an Abscess Infection
- Tooth pain or toothache.
- Hot or throbbing tooth pain.
- Bad breath.
- Gum tenderness or swelling of the gums.
- Tooth sensitivity.
If you have any of these, you might be suffering from a dental abscess. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the jaw, causing bone and tooth loss. So, listen to what your mouth is telling you! If you’re in pain, contact OnCall Dental in Fresno CA. We specialize in emergency dentistry and provide pain-relief to patients every day. Request an appointment today!