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Hattar Dental Orthodontics in Victorville Discusses Tooth Infections

Are you having tooth pain? It's possible that you may have a tooth infection. Only a licensed dentist can know for sure. Our dentist in Victorville & Ranch Cucamonga will help you get to the root cause of your tooth pain. Offering two locations, Dr. Hattar Dental and Orthodontics stays up to date on the latest dental techniques to offer you the absolute best in dental care.

patient with tooth infection

What is a tooth infection?

Your teeth are filled with nerves, and when something goes wrong with those nerves, pain is usually the result. A tooth infection results from bacteria getting into a broken or chipped tooth and affecting the nerves located below the surface. Tooth infections can be mild and easily treatable if caught quickly. 

What are the symptoms of a tooth infection?

Tooth infections typically start as a minor untreated cavity and grow into something more serious over time. Symptoms of an infected tooth include throbbing in the jaw or neck, increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, sensitivity when chewing, a fever, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. If you're noticing fever and neck, jaw, or throat pain, it's especially important that you see a dentist right away, as these are signs that the infection is spreading to areas other than your tooth.

If a have a tooth infection, what should I do?

If you suspect you may have a tooth infection, it's important to call our dentist right away. The longer that you wait to get your infected tooth treated, the more complicated treatment may become. While a root canal may sound scary, having one done on your infected tooth will prevent you from the pain of an abscessed tooth in the long run, and could possibly save you from needing to get your tooth extracted. During the root canal, our dentist will use a local anesthetic to block you from feeling any of the work. Your tooth will be drilled and the infected area will be removed. Your tooth will then be filled with a tooth-colored material that will have your tooth looking like new. Our dentist will work with you to come up with a treatment plan for your infected tooth. Your dentist may also provide you with a prescription for antibiotics to help get the infection under control.

Contact Our Dentist in Victorville to Schedule an Appointment Today

If you're experiencing tooth pain, it's important that you be seen right away. Call Dr. Hattar Dental and Orthodontics at (760) 243-3595 to schedule your appointment today.

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