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Symptoms of an Infected Tooth

Tooth infection may start small and be all but unnoticeable for quite some time. This is one of the many reasons you need to maintain regular office visits with Tarrytown dentist Dr. Wanda Mejia. These visits allow Dr. Mejia to detect tooth infection long before symptoms occur, and to provide proper treatment as soon as infection is detected.

If you are overdue for an office visit with Dr. Mejia, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown online or by calling (914) 332-4402 to schedule your next appointment.

Do I Have An Infected Tooth?

Your tooth may be infected if you are experiencing symptoms including:

  • Dull or throbbing tooth pain
  • Increased sensitivity or sharp pain in a single tooth
  • Swelling of gum tissue
  • Sudden tooth darkening

Other symptoms such as chronic bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth that will not respond to brushing may also be an indication of tooth infection. These issues can also indicate gum disease and should be brought to Dr. Mejia’s attention as soon as possible.

Do I Need Treatment?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of an infected tooth, you may require root canal treatment. This procedure involves making a small access hole in the tooth through which bacteria and debris can be removed. Dr. Mejia performs this treatment on all teeth, including molars, and can often accomplish complete removal of infection in a single office visit.

Root canal treatment is not nearly as invasive as popular culture has made it seem. In fact, the process is no more uncomfortable than a typical dental filling. Nonetheless, if you are nervous about this treatment, Dr. Mejia would be happy to discuss safe sedation options that can be used to help you feel more at ease during your procedure. Our office also provides NuCalm relaxation dentistry to help patients who experience dental anxiety.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an infected tooth, please contact our Tarrytown family dentist to schedule an examination today. Dr. Mejia serves West Chester, White Plains, and surrounding areas of New York State.