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What Happens If I Don't Treat an Infected Tooth?

September 19, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Matthew Kinsella
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Tooth infections are not fun. An infected tooth is not only painful, but it is also dangerous for your body and your surrounding teeth if it is not treated. A tooth infection that is allowed to progress can get worse and could spread to other areas of the body and even result in tooth loss. When an infection starts to travel systemically, it can become life-threatening. 

Complications That Develop From an Untreated Tooth Infection

Failing to treat an infected tooth will not only result in more pain, but it can also lead to further complications in your body, such as:

  • An infection of the bone that supports your teeth
  • An infection in the sinuses
  • A chain reaction resulting in sepsis, which is life-threatening
  • Cellulitis, which is a skin infection

You can avoid some tooth infections with regular visits to your dentist every six months for preventive teeth cleans and check-ups.

Your Tooth Infection Is Treatable

Believe it or not, your tooth infection is easily treatable with root canal treatment when you act quickly. The procedure is comfortable and will help to preserve your natural tooth, so there is no reason to allow your infection to spread or become worse.

Dr Kinsella skillfully removes the infected tissue from inside of your tooth during a root canal procedure. Then he seals the tooth with a temporary filling to give it time to heal from the infection. Once your tooth is fully healed, we'll strengthen it with a permanent filling or tooth crown, so you'll have all the function you did before your tooth infection.

Don't Wait to Treat an Infected Tooth

If you or loved one is experiencing severe or constant pain in your tooth, swelling of your face, or discomfort when biting or chewing, it could be the indication of a tooth infection. We invite your call to our dental clinic for prompt emergency dental care in West Perth. We are here to help.