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. :)



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