Tooth Infection Treatment in Omaha

As your experienced dentist in Omaha, we know how to properly diagnose and treat tooth infections, so you can have a healthy mouth again.

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What Is a Tooth Infection?

When a tooth is infected, you can be in a lot of pain. Your infected tooth has a pocket of pus and bacteria inside it. A tooth infection is often called by its other name, “tooth abscess,” but it is not limited to teeth. An abscess can also occur in your gums or in the bones and tissues that support your teeth.

Symptoms of a Tooth Infection

Pain associated with tooth infections can be different for different people. Some experience sharp pains. Others feel a dull and gnawing ache in the tooth. Some feel pain only when chewing, while others feel it constantly. The pain may even radiate out to the jawbone, neck, or ear. Other symptoms you may experience when you have a tooth infection include:

  • Your tooth is sensitive to hot or cold foods.
  • Your gums are red and swollen.
  • There is a swollen area in your jaw.
  • Your neck glands are swollen.
  • There is a sore on your gums that may be draining.
  • Your breath tastes and smells bad.
  • Your tooth feels looser than normal.
  • You have a fever.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, and you think you might have a tooth infection, then it is time to give us a call. Even if you don’t feel the pain anymore, you still need to get it checked out because the infection could still be there. We will get you an appointment as soon as possible, so you can start feeling better.

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Who is at Risk for Tooth Infections?

Anyone, young or old, can get a tooth infection. However, some people are more at risk than others. You may be more likely to get a tooth infection if you match one of the following descriptions:

  • Your tooth is injured, broken, cracked, or chipped. Trauma or chips to your teeth leave them more vulnerable to infection.
  • You have a weakened immune system. If your immune system is weakened due to disease or certain medications, your body is less able to fight off bacteria.
  • You have gum disease. Gum disease is an infection or inflammation in the tissues around your teeth. It can spread deeper, causing infections in other places.
  • Your mouth is often dry. Saliva flushes away bacteria in your mouth, so if you suffer from a lack of saliva, the bacteria in your mouth has more opportunity to grow.
  • You smoke. Smoking is bad for your mouth in many ways, including an increased risk for tooth infections.
  • You consume a lot of sugar. If you eat a lot of sweets or drink sugary liquids, you put your teeth at risk for decay and infection.

Why You Should Seek Treatment

Tooth infections do not go away on their own. Even if you notice that the pain goes away, it is probably due to the infection killing the nerves inside your tooth. The infection needs to be treated by a dentist, or it will spread to other parts of your mouth, and eventually it could spread to other parts of your body, leading to severe consequences.

How Today’s Dental Can Help with Tooth Infections

The main goal of any tooth infection treatment is to eliminate all of the infection so it cannot spread and cause complications.
At Today’s Dental in Omaha, we offer the following treatment options for tooth infections:

Root Canal Therapy

With root canal therapy, all the infected material inside your tooth is removed, and then the space is filled in to prevent a second infection. This procedure is intended to help save your tooth, so you do not need to have it extracted.

Extraction

If a tooth cannot be saved, then the dentist will extract it, allowing the pus to drain from the socket.

Antibiotics

In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to help stop a tooth infection from worsening. Antibiotics alone will not remove tooth infections—they are combined with a thorough cleaning, draining, or tooth removal to fully remove an infection.

Why Today’s Dental Is a Great Place to Go for Your Tooth Infection Treatment

As your dentist in Omaha, we are committed to high-quality dental care to everyone who comes through our doors. We will do everything we can to eliminate your tooth infection so you can enjoy a healthier mouth and a healthier body. Our dentists are qualified to correctly diagnose tooth infections and recommend the tooth infection treatment that is best for you. We will educate you on every step of the process, so that you always know what is going to happen.

“The staff are outstanding. Janel does a great job and never made me feel embarrassed about the condition of my teeth. She provides me with the information I need about my care plan but never pressured me to make a quick decision. The ladies at the front desk are so very helpful, especially with insurance. Kudos to anyone that can navigate that minefield!! Awesome place and people.”

Debra G.

“I had my first visit with Today’s Dental yesterday and I immediately knew that this is the office I have been looking for! Everyone was kind and professional from the second I walked in to the second I left! Anita the hygienist was absolutely amazing and I am so thankful I had her for my visit. It has been a few years since I saw a dentist and I was nervous about how it would go! I was immediately put at ease when I met Anita and went over my history and what my plan was for the visit! I am thoroughly pleased with my decision to start using Today’s Dental for my dental needs!”

Kindra P.

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