how bad teeth can jeopardize your health

How Bad Teeth can Jeopardize your Life

Dr Devine General Dentistry

how bad teeth can jeopardize your healthServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

An infected tooth can hinder your ability to eat and chew. It also can cause pain that affects you throughout the day, as well as impede your sleep. You probably know that an infection of this kind is not good for your oral health, but an infected tooth also can jeopardize your life.

A tooth becomes infected when bacteria reach the nerve in the inner chamber of the tooth. This is typically due to extensive decay, a severely broken tooth, or from recurrent decay under an old filling or crown. Sometimes, a tooth becomes infected due to an unforeseen fracture in a tooth that allows the bacteria access to the nerve.

An infected tooth only gets worse over time. Left untreated, this infection can begin to affect you throughout your entire body. This happens because bacteria can travel from the infected tooth to the bloodstream where it can be transmitted anywhere else in your body. The bacteria then gravitate to the cellular walls of these new locations, spreading and creating obstructions. This bacteria can spread to the vital organs, including the brain and heart, causing organ failure and even death.

An infected tooth also can complicate certain medical treatments, leading the body to reject newly installed heart valves, organ transplants, or surgically installed joint implants including hip replacements and knee replacements.

The most frightening aspect of an infected tooth is that you may never realize you have this infection until serious damage has been done to your body and organs. While an infected tooth certainly can be quite painful, these infections do not always produce feelings of pain, which serve as a warning sign that there is a problem that requires medical attention. If, however, you experience pain that does not seem to be relived by over-the-counter pain medication or you notice an abscess on your gums around the infected tooth, schedule an appointment immediately to see your dentist for treatment.

Once again, if you have an infected tooth, this infection will not just go away on its own. Ignoring the issue may lead to tooth loss. However, your Nashville family dentist could save your tooth using restorative dentistry.

If you think you have an infected tooth, then you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, protect yourself against the risks of a tooth infection. In the vast majority of cases involving infected teeth, the infection stems from severe damage caused by tooth decay. Protect yourself by maintaining a good regimen of oral hygiene, which should involve brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. You also should keep a regular schedule of dental appointments where you will receive not only a professional dental cleaning but also have all your teeth examined to identify any potential developing problems.

To learn more about extraction procedures from your local Nashville dentist or find out about the risks of an infected tooth, contact the office of Devine Dentistry and schedule a consultation today by calling (615) 269-4209.

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide comprehensive oral health care for patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills and Nashville in Tennessee.