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Do you have pain when you bite down or chew? Are your filled teeth extra sensitive, or have you suddenly noticed a problem with hot and cold foods? If so, you should not wait until the problem gets worse. You need to contact us immediately to take care of the issue. Most dental problems do not get better over time. They need to be treated, especially when pain and fever are involved.
When You Need to Visit Our Office Immediately
As noted, tooth sensitivity should not be ignored. Nor should pain and fever. In this case, you may have an abscess – a pus-filled build-up that is caused by a bacterial infection. If you don't call our office to drain the abscess, the infection can spread and make you quite ill. In some instances, life-threatening complications may result. Abscesses include gingival abscesses, periodontal abscesses, and periapical abscesses. Gingival abscesses form inside the gum and do not affect the periodontal ligament (like a periodontal abscess) or the tooth root. A periapical abscess normally is treated by root canal surgery, as the abscess appears at the tip of a tooth's root.
Do You Have a Fever?
A true sign of a dental emergency, a fever, along with tooth pain and discomfort, can result from a bacterial infection, such as an abscess, or as a complication from not treating the abscess. For example, osteomyelitis is a good example of this type of complication. Osteomyelitis happens when the bacteria from an abscess travels through the blood and affects the bone. Patients experience fever, severe bone pain, and sometimes nausea. Usually, the bone that is infected is close to the abscess site, although this is not always the case. Treatment involves the administration of antibiotics through the veins or orally.
Many common symptoms related to urgent dental problems involve a dental infection and a related condition, such as an abscess. Again, you need to phone our office about any tooth pain, especially if it involves a fever. Don't delay giving us a call. You may have a serious, life-threatening infection.
The first step to a healthy beautiful smile is to schedule an appointment.