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Is My Tooth Infected?

September 9, 2020
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Posted By: Dr Matthew Kinsella Staff
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The first sign of a tooth infection is typically pain. And not just any pain, but the kind that keeps you awake at night or from performing your normal tasks during the day. The type of discomfort that you can't ignore, and you shouldn't, because a tooth infection left untreated may result in tooth loss.

But what if your tooth is just feeling a little sensitive, but the pain goes away? This is still an excellent time to contact your dentist in West Perth for a check-up. Tooth sensitivity can often be an early sign of tooth decay or a cavity in your tooth.

When your dentist detects tooth decay early on, you might be able to treat it with a simple dental filling. That helps you avoid a painful tooth infection.

Signs and Symptoms of a Tooth Infection

If your tooth does become infected, these are the signs to be aware of:

  • Swelling in your cheek or around the infected tooth
  • Constant or throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to temperature - hot or cold
  • Pain or tenderness when chewing or biting
  • A bad taste in your mouth

If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you shouldn't wait to contact your emergency dentist in West Perth.

Treating a Tooth Infection

A tooth infection won't go away on its own, so it is important not to wait too long before contacting your dentist for treatment. Typically a root canal will be able to relieve your infection and alleviate your pain. This procedure also helps you preserve and maintain your natural tooth.

At Dr Matthew Kinsella General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we take measures to ensure that you feel comfortable during root canal treatment. Dr Kinsella uses top dental anesthetics to make sure that you don't feel anything during your procedure, which also eliminates your immediate pain.

If you are concerned that you may have a tooth infection, we invite your call to our dental clinic in West Perth.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.