Can a Dentist Pull an Infected Tooth?

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At Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach many patients ask, can a dentist pull an infected tooth? The answer is yes! Actually, a majority of teeth that are pulled, also called extracted, have an infection. A deep cavity or a cracked tooth can allow bacteria to build up in the cavities of the tooth. A large number of bacteria inside the tooth can cause an infection. So, yes, a dentist can pull an infected tooth. 

Why Does a Tooth Need to Be Pulled?

Dr. Hortman’s goal is to maintain the health of your natural teeth. However, sometimes the best way to maintain your oral health is to pull an infected tooth. Tooth extractions are safe, painless procedures that are usually performed at Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach.

One reason to pull an infected tooth is a deep cavity. Often times, a root canal is performed to pull the tooth along with the infected tissue and pulp below the tooth. In other cases, Dr. Hortman may remove your tooth as a part of a periodontal, or gum disease treatment. In the case of wisdom teeth, Palmetto Dental Associates may want to pull the tooth to resolve overcrowding or impacted teeth. These teeth are obstructed and cannot rise above the gumline. Lastly, Dr. Hortman may recommend a tooth extraction after an accident, where the tooth cannot be saved. Regardless of the reason for the extraction, Palmetto Dental Associates will recommend the best option to better your overall and oral health.

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What Happens If I Don’t Pull An Infected Tooth?

A tooth infection may not seem like a big deal, but if untreated, the infection can affect your entire overall health. How does this happen? First, an untreated infection can cause a sac of fluid to form called an abscess. The symptoms of an abscess include: swelling, pain, trouble swallowing, fever, and more. If you think you have an infected tooth or abscess, it is important to visit Dr. Hortman. The Palmetto Dental Associates team may recommend antibiotics, an extraction, or root canal to resolve your infection. When the bacteria reaches the root of the tooth, the infection can spread throughout the body through the blood vessels in the tooth’s root. When spread throughout the body, it can life threatening infections such as, sepsis.

How Can I Prevent Oral Infection?

The best way to prevent an oral infection is to maintain good oral health. To develop an oral health routine, brush your teeth twice a day and floss once per day. Additionally, you should visit Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach twice per year for regular cleanings and checkups. This will keep your mouth healthy and prevent infections.

At Palmetto Dental Associates, we promote oral health to prevent diseases and oral health problems. However, the best option may be to pull your infected tooth. For more information about oral health or to plan your next visit, call Palmetto Dental Associates at (843)-399-2525.