Types of teeth and gum infections vary from mild tooth decay or gingivitis to severe periodontitis or a tooth abscess. (1)
Identifying Types of Teeth and Gum Infections
Some causes of teeth and gum infections include:
- Infection in Tooth Pulp: A tooth abscess occurs when tooth decay penetrates the tooth pulp. This type of tooth infection can be treated with a root canal.
- Impacted Wisdom Tooth: If an impacted wisdom tooth is causing your tooth infection, a dental professional can remove the wisdom tooth.
- Infection Following Dental Procedure: Sometimes infections occur after a tooth has been removed, and you may need antibiotics to help eliminate the infection.
- Injured or Damaged Tooth: A chipped or broken tooth can lead to teeth infections, but a dental professional may be able to preserve part of the natural tooth.
- Gum Infection: Many factors including poor oral hygiene and the gum recession that occurs naturally with aging can cause infections along the gum line. A dental professional can treat gum infection with deep cleaning procedures, or with surgery if necessary. (1)
Signs of Serious Teeth Infection
Symptoms of serious teeth infections include:
- Pain, swelling, or redness in the teeth and gums
- Pain when chewing
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing (2)