When it comes to infections, it's important to take action as soon as possible to reduce the risk of complications, including sepsis. If you have an infection in your mouth, you should see your dentist right away. In the meantime, you can use saltwater mouthwashes to ease any pain or discomfort. Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection, and it's important to take it as directed until you finish the course, even if the pain and swelling seem to have disappeared.
It's also possible that your dentist may suggest draining the infection if it's more complicated. A temporary filling may be placed if you have an infection or have had a root canal done. This will protect the pulp from bacteria and usually help relieve any pain. Permanent fillings should replace temporary fillings.
If an abscess breaks, you may notice a sudden unpleasant taste or even a salty liquid in your mouth. The pain may decrease, but this doesn't necessarily mean that the infection is gone. Infections can occur anywhere in the body, including in the mouth. Although the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, and the tonsils can become infected, dental infections usually refer to infections that occur in the teeth or gums.
The most common forms of dental infections are tooth decay and gum disease, which can cause abscesses (a painful swelling filled with pus). Dental treatments, oral surgery and tooth injuries can also put patients at risk of infection. If left untreated, dental infections can lead to sepsis. To reduce the risk of complications, a person should seek treatment for a dental infection as soon as possible. In addition, practice good oral hygiene and good oral health every day to reduce the risk of having to deal with something as unpleasant as a tooth abscess, endodontic treatment, or sepsis.
Dental infections are mainly caused by bacteria build-up due to poor dental hygiene, leading to plaque formation. Bacteria can enter the innermost part of the tooth through a deep cavity or a chip or crack in the tooth. A periapical tooth abscess usually occurs as a result of an untreated dental cavity, injury, or previous dental treatment. Your dentist may suggest that a root canal be done for severely decayed or infected teeth before extracting (extracting) the tooth. Like tooth decay, gum disease is mainly caused by bacteria build-up due to poor dental hygiene, leading to plaque formation. Fifty percent of children between six and eight years old have tooth decay, and 85 percent of adults have at least one decayed tooth or a filling in the crown. It's important to be aware of the signs of sepsis from a tooth infection so that you can seek medical attention right away if necessary.
Symptoms include fever and chills, rapid breathing and heart rate, confusion or disorientation, shortness of breath, extreme pain or discomfort in any part of your body, nausea and vomiting, and cold or clammy skin.