“It’s just a small sore, it will go away.”
“I’m too busy right now, I’ll go to a dentist later.”
“A little sensitivity is no big deal.”
It happens to most Plano residents at least once in their life. Your teeth become sensitive to cold drinks. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. A pain develops in your lower sinus area. All of these ailments to oral health in Plano can add up over time and sometimes cause serious harm to patients if it goes untreated.
This is definitely not a situation where you can ignore it and it will go away. If the pain is the result of a dangerous infection, there are grave consequences of postponing treatment. Oral bacterial infections can destroy teeth, gums and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis. In fact, prior to the 19th century, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.
An oral infection doesn’t always cause pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection to your oral health in Plano.
If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental problem that needs to be treated right away. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to improve your overall oral health in Plano.
The infection may be the result of a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to fight infection and consists of dead white blood cells.
Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be treated – but you need to see your dentist.
If you have any signs of oral infection, or haven’t had a dental exam in the past year, I encourage you to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment, call my office today or visit our website. We offer patients several services, such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and dentures.
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