Tooth Infection

A tooth infected with bacteria in or around the root of tooth will cause severe pain. The tooth pain will be very severe keeping you awake at night if the infection is irreversible. If the pain is just for a few seconds and comes only when eating and drinking then it may be reversible tooth pain.

Advice: If you experience any tooth pain, whether it may be the odd niggle here and there, we recommend you see a dentist to check that your dental health is in good condition.

Tooth Infection FAQs

What is a tooth infection?

It is when a tooth becomes very severely affected by bacteria in the mouth. A collection of pus can form at the apex (bottom) of the tooth producing a dental abscess, which can be very painful and unpleasant.

Are tooth infections difficult to treat?

Antibiotics can be used to treat tooth infections as a short term measure to help alleviate the symptoms and remove some of the infection. However, root canal treatment or tooth extraction are the best ways of removing the infection as a whole.

Are infections such as dental abscesses common?

Yes. They can affect anyone especially when dental decay is allowed to progress and travel inside the deeper parts of the tooth and reach the pulp chamber containing the nerve. However, dental abscesses can be prevented with good oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist, so that any signs of tooth decay or problems can be treated early and immediately.

Which are the prescribed antibiotics for tooth infection?

There are a few types of antibiotics that can be prescribed to help combat dental infection. The most common is Amoxicillin which is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that works well for most infections. Metronidazole is another common antibiotic which is particularly good at fighting the bacteria that hide under the gums and in the areas around the dental abscess. They can sometimes cause side-effects and have contraindications so it is important to consult your dentist first before being prescribed any antibiotics.