Types of Tooth Infection

Posted on : 26-05-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dental Implants, Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Tooth Infection is a slow and gradual process resulting in dental cavities or dental caries. This tooth decay occurs when disease causing bacteria produce an acid which removes the top most layer of the tooth surface, the enamel. This infection can go deeper in to the pulp chamber and results in tooth loss or it may even cause infections to wisdom tooth.

Types of Tooth Infections

A tooth infection can be very painful. And there are several types of dental infections depending upon the area of invasion.

The first type is an infection inside your tooth, in the living pulp tissue. This comes from tooth decay or severe irritation resulting from chronic infection. Inside your tooth, the natural defense mechanism breaks down because the blood vessel which transports antibodies and white blood cells gets destroyed. Therefore, when your tooth becomes infected, it will not recover, and the pulp tissue will die. The treatment for this condition is a root canal treatment. With a root canal treatment, the soft tissue inside your tooth is removed and replaced with a sealant material that keeps infection from seeping back into the tooth.

There is a second type of tooth infection which occurs in the bone surrounding the tooth. A tooth abscess may or may not be painful; it is formed near the root of the tooth. When bacteria are in the bone, your body can fight them with antibodies and white blood cells. The problem is that there is a constant supply of new bacteria to the region from the dead tissue inside your tooth. Your body may or may not be successful in walling off the infected area, so an abscess can go on for years without hurting. But the risk of damage is great. The abscess can grow and spread to surrounding roots of other teeth, and it can even cause the root of your tooth to be gradually dissolved. Treatment, again, would be a root canal procedure, followed by deep gingival curettage or abscess drainage.

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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