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What Causes Tooth Infection?

Tooth Bacterial Infection

When your tooth becomes infected, it can affect the way you talk, chew, and bite. An infected tooth is often painful and sensitive, and if left untreated, it can even lead to other oral problems. This infection can be caused by a few different factors, with the two most common being inadequate oral maintenance and facial trauma. 

The faster you schedule an appointment with a dedicated oral surgeon, the less likely you are to lose your natural tooth and functionality. The team of knowledgeable and compassionate oral surgeons at Union City Oral Surgery Group have devoted our careers to our community’s well-being and to the treatment of tooth infections. We are prepared to treat even the trickiest of situations to ensure that you get the care you deserve. 

2 Primary Causes of Tooth Infection

When you come in for an examination of an infected tooth, there are often two primary causes. These include: 

Improper Maintenance

Your mouth should be cleaned daily with proper teeth brushing and flossing. When this doesn’t happen, the bacteria in your mouth is allowed to build up. Left undisturbed, the bacteria – known as plaque – can harden into tartar and cause an infection in your gum pockets and teeth. 

Gum disease is easily diagnosable and treatable by a professional. Depending on the severity of the disease, your treatments may vary. However, they will usually consist of scaling, rooting, professional cleanings, and possibly even a root canal. 

Facial Trauma

Facial trauma from a car accident, bicycle crash, or even a misaligned bite can also result in a tooth infection. When a tooth cracks or chips, it is more likely to become infected and require immediate attention to fix. For example, a crack from a piece of hard candy can allow for bacteria to seep into the tooth and start to rot. In cases like this, the best course of treatment may be a tooth replacement like a dental implant

How a Qualified Oral Surgeon Can Help

When it comes time to treat your tooth infection, your best course of action is to partner with your local oral surgeon from Union City Oral Surgery Group. Our team is ready to help address any aches or pains you have through an initial consultation and begin an investigation using a professional examination. This will often involve x-rays, impressions, and other minimally invasive techniques to identify the root of your problem. 

From here, we can help you devise a unique plan of action. This helps to not only treat your infection, but the cause as well. This can involve many different steps and treatment options that may include cleanings, tooth replacements, gum contouring, and more. Our goal is to treat your aches and pains to provide you with a smile that not only feels good, but looks good, too. 

Schedule Your Consultation and Examination Today

Ensuring everyone has a smile that they are proud of is our goal at Union City Oral Surgery Group. We are dedicated to delivering affordable, customized, and cutting-edge services to our local community, and that includes you. Our journey begins with a comprehensive assessment of your oral health, followed by a consultation to explore your specific objectives and desired results. From here, our team of accomplished oral and maxillofacial surgeons will craft a tailored treatment plan to commence your personalized care.

We understand the inherent challenges that come with oral health issues, along with the anxiety of facing any necessary surgical procedures. That’s why we stand by your side, providing unwavering support throughout the entire process. To start the process today, you can reach our office at (201) 601-9262 or through our online contact form.