To you worry because you think you have an infected tooth ? Ok, don't panic ! Let's see what are the options your dentist can choose from in order to save your natural tooth.
First of all you should set an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to avoid the infection can damage your dental element even further. Once at the dental office, the dentist will fully examine your mouth and take x-rays exam to check how deep the infection is.
If bacteria have just entered the pulp chamber but they didn’t killed the dental verve, the right treatment involves to remove bacteria from the surface of the tooth and close the hole with amalgam or tooth colored filling. So the treatment is the same like the caries because it is a caries.
Instead,if the x-rays exam show a more deep infection then the procedure described above is not enough. The dentist has to go with the root canal treatment to remove the infected tissue:
Once all that necrotic material is out, your dentist may use the laser light to sanitize the inside part of the tooth to be sure to kill all bacteria once and forever. Of course he/she cannot leave the dental element in this way because food debride can easily go in and restart the infection process. So a special filling called gutta-percha will be put inside and a prosthetic crown will placed on top to replace your own one.
The root canal option tends to save the bottom part of each treated tooth while the upper part will be lost forever.
If you don’t go to the dentist, bacteria may attack the supporting structure of the tooth which are: alveolar bone and periodontal ligament. The damage of those structures may lead to tooth loss. There are websites and blog articles that say it is possible to cure a tooth infection using natural treatments or home remedies. Well, this post is not telling you natural treatments are not a good solution but, keep in mind that a mouth infection is a serious pathology that may spread to other parts of your body such as: ear and neck so you shouldn’t underestimate the risk you put your health at.