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Each of your teeth is anchored in the underlying periodontal tissues and the existing bone structure. This allows the transfer of blood and other nutrients to nourish each tooth.
If you choose not to have a large cavity treated the area of tooth decay can start to spread and penetrate the tooth. As it continues to progress the bacteria affecting the tooth can start to build up a pocket of infection in the gums.
Early symptoms of a problem like this can include a worsening toothache, pain, or pressure in the gums, as well as a low-grade fever. Left untreated the infection could eventually pass to your bloodstream causing significant medical complications.
Sometimes Dr. Naman B. Patel can treat a small dental abscess and restore the tooth with a root canal. Aftercare will also likely include a course of prescription antibiotics. If the tooth has been severely compromised or the abscess is large, he might recommend a total dental extraction.
When you’re ready, he can present you with different options for restoring the tooth. This might include a dental bridge restoration or replace the tooth with a dental implant.
If you live in Gilbert, Arizona, and you are experiencing symptoms of a dental abscess, you should call 480-725-3031 to seek treatment at Island Dental.