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You might understand that you should consider visiting a doctor if you are suffering from an infection. However, would you be surprised to hear that you should also consider setting up an appointment with our dentist if you have an infection in the center of your tooth? Generally, it’s very important that you visit us when you have a tooth infection because your body won’t be able to fight this infection off alone. Sadly, a tooth infection can also spread into your gums and cause an abscess.

Naturally, if an infection has gotten to the center of your tooth, which contains your nerve, you could need root canal therapy. Fortunately, many patients who have had root canal therapy claim it isn’t any worse than having a cavity filled. If you decide to avoid treating your infected tooth, your tooth may die. Furthermore, your infection could quickly spread, which might lead to an oral abscess.

In general, your body can help you fight off an abscess. Sadly, because your tooth infection can’t fade on its own, your body might not be able to fight off your abscess. Unfortunately, an abscess may be extremely uncomfortable. If you have an abscess, you could have sore or swollen gums and a painful lump may appear on your gum line. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent an infection and, consequently, an abscess. We recommend setting up regular dental checkups with us, brushing and flossing daily, and following a healthy and balanced diet.

To learn more about dealing with an infected tooth in Staten Island, New York, please give Christopher Bernardini a call at 718-987-4040. Our dentist, Dr. Christopher Bernardini, and our team will address any concerns you might have and give you personalized advice. We’re excited to receive your call.