Tooth Infections

Tooth infections are caused when people do not practice a proper oral hygiene. When a tooth is badly affected, it leads to extraction and it is also surprising to know that the bacteria can still be alive in the mouth after a tooth extraction is done. The dentist will then prescribe better antibiotics depending on the level of destruction the bacteria has done on the affected area. These antibiotics being prescribed does not actually prevent one from getting infected but helps to reduce the rate at which one gets infected. There are symptoms associated with tooth infections which are:

  • The affected persons face gets swollen
  • The gums of the patient gets swollen
  • The patients feels pain under little pressure in the teeth
  • The area where the tooth extraction is done bleeds

If you are having or experiencing any of these symptoms as mentioned above, it is advisable to quickly visit your dentist for medical attention. If the tooth is already infected, then the dentist will have to make sure that the bacteria are treated first before going ahead to extract the tooth. This is done so as not to cause any further spread of the bacteria from its affected region to other regions that are not affected.

Tooth Infection

Tooth Infections

After the extraction has been made, you will be instructed by the dentist not to clean your teeth with either a tooth brush or mouth wash. This is instruction is given so as to get rid of all the germs in the mouth and it will also make the bacteria run rampant. If after the extraction of the tooth, you notice any form of bleeding form the extracted site, do make it an appointment to pay your dentist a visit immediately as he/she will prescribe the correct medication to put a n end to the bleeding.

Most tooth infections are treated before it is being extracted because most dentists believe that the medication prescribed will not work well if the infection is not properly treated. If the infection you have is critical, this will make it very difficult for the antibiotics to be very effective to clear the area of the extraction. The dentist might decide not to administer a high amount of medicine in the area that is badly affected and may choose to use an IV sedation, otherwise known as “laughing gas”. After the extraction has been made, your dentist’s instruction will be that your mouth should be rinse with salt water for a short period which will help clean the affected area.


By having a regular check on your dentist and good dental hygiene practice, then you may likely not have to go for an extraction again.



Jackie A. :)



Insist on the right sedation dentistry for your tooth extraction

It is very hard to find people who get excited about going to the dentist. People often equate a dental appointment with something unpleasant. Even teeth cleaning is often met with apprehension because deep and extensive teeth cleaning requires lots of vibrating dental implements that can stress many people out. If mere cleaning gets people nervous, can you imagine how they would react if they had to get cavities filled, a root canal done, or, worst of all, a tooth extracted? The good news is that sedation dentistry can set you at ease. Sedation dentistry is all about using pain relievers which act on the central nervous system to manage the pain of many dental procedures. Whether you are getting a tooth extracted, getting a tooth drilled and filled, or getting a root canal procedure done, sedation dentistry can help make the experience more manageable.


tooth extraction

tooth extraction

The two most common types of sedation dentistry

The two types of sedation dentistry differ based on how they administer pain relieving chemical compounds into your body. The first, and most common anesthetic approach in sedation dentistry, is to inject the painkillers into the area near your mouth’s nerves. These areas have to be selected carefully so they correspond with the nerve network of the tooth that is being worked on. The downside to this type of sedation dentistry is that the wrong network might have been targeted. Pain results when the affected tooth is worked on. Another downside is finding the right amount of dosage that will effectively manage your pain. It is not uncommon for patients to ask their dentists for a heavier dose because the standard dose isn’t up to the job.


Generalized sedation

The second approach to sedation dentistry is to use a more generalized approach. These approaches don’t target the mouth nerves that are involved in the dental procedure. Instead, this approach focuses on sedating the patient completely so the patient can sleep through the procedure. Common approaches include IV administration and gas inhalation. While many people prefer this because there are no needles going into their mouths and many of the hassles of local anesthesia are avoided, many don’t like feeling groggy after the procedure. Many also don’t like the feeling of being not in control as they have dental surgery done.


Which is right for you?

While your dentist would have a clear idea as to which sedation dentistry practices are best for typical procedures, you still have a lot of control over the process since you are the one footing the bill. Ask a lot of questions and ask for different options. Weigh your options carefully.



Jackie A. :)