Sometimes a cavity can go unnoticed between your regularly scheduled dental checkups at Smiles of Grand River. This could be particularly distressing if you procrastinate your dental exam, as the lack of professional attention could allow the tooth decay to worsen.
In some cases of untreated tooth decay, the bacteria can gradually spread to the underlying periodontal tissues. This might cause infected fluid to build up deep within your gums in the form of a dangerous dental abscess starts to develop.
Early symptoms of a problem like this could include a toothache, a feeling of pain or pressure in the gums or a possible low grade fever. At this stage you need to seek professional care before the bacteria pass to your bloodstream.
Sometimes Dr. James Shaheen can treat a dental abscess with untreated tooth decay by performing a root canal followed up by a course of prescription strength antibiotics. If the tooth has been severely compromised or the abscess is large, he might recommend extracting the tooth and excising any infected tissues.
After your gums have fully healed, our team can help you understand your possible options for restoring the tooth. This might include a installing a dental bridge or performing a dental implant restoration. If you live in New Hudson, Michigan, and you are experiencing symptoms of untreated tooth decay or a dental abscess, you should call 734-707-8764 to seek treatment at Smiles of Grand River today.