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How Do You Know if You Have a Tooth Infection

Discover the causes, symptoms, and treatment of tooth infection.

It is estimated that 13% of adults seek dental care for dental infections and that 1 in 2,600 people in the United States is hospitalized due to a dental infection. More than 1 in 5 people have untreated dental caries, and 3 in 4 people have had at least one dental restoration during their life.

Facts About Infected Teeth

A tooth infection or “tooth abscess” is a collection of pus and bacteria that forms and grows inside the tooth. Without proper treatment, a tooth infection can spread to other areas of the body and can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications.

An infected tooth can be diagnosed following an examination by your dentist.
  1. Infection leads to damaging tooth decay. Food particles contain bacteria, which form acids that attack tooth enamel and infect the tooth interior.

  2. Infected teeth threaten the health of the entire body. A toothache doesn’t just affect oral health; it can affect your entire body.
  3. An absence of pain does not mean the problem has gone away.
  4. A tooth infection often leads to a painful dental abscess.
  5. An infected tooth can be saved if treated in a timely manner. A toothache does not necessarily mean an extraction is necessary. In fact, most dentists prefer to save teeth whenever possible.

Symptoms of a Tooth Infection



In most cases, tooth infections are easily treatable. However, a person who delays treatment is at risk of developing the following complications:

Without treatment, a tooth infection can spread to the face and neck. Severe infections may even reach more distant parts of the body. In some cases, they may become systemic, affecting multiple tissues and systems throughout the body

Call iSmile by Dr. Sonia Olivares Today

Experiencing a tooth infection? To discuss treatment options and determine which route is best for your overall health, call iSmile by Dr. Sonia Olivares today. We serve Coral Gables, St. Doral, Coral Springs, Florida, and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Sonia Olivares has dedicated her life to improving patients’ oral health, creating beautiful smiles, and increasing the confidence that goes with them. She spends time with each and every patient to ensure they receive proper care, from evaluation to procedure. Dr. Sonia Olivares’ goal is to effectively resolve any dental issues her patients are faced with, while providing courteous, knowledgeable, and professional service.

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