201 - 8706 Franklin Ave
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Office Hours
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri - Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed


hello world!
February 15th, 2021

Signs that a tooth infection has spread

The main concern for a tooth infection that’s been left untreated is the risk of spread to other areas of the body. When a tooth infection has spread to the face and neck, or worse, into the body’s tissues and system, it becomes a serious issue that requires emergency dental surgery.
If you suspect that you have a tooth infection, it’s important to watch out for the following signs that indicate the infection is spreading.

Emergency dental clinic

Emergency dental clinic

How do you know if a tooth infection has spread?

In most cases, tooth infections are easily treatable and, while it’s rare for a tooth infection to spread to other parts of the body, it can happen. A person who experiences any of the following with a tooth infection needs to seek the help of an emergency dental clinic immediately:

  • Swelling of the face and neck
  • Painful tongue and mouth
  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain in the jawbone, ear, or neck
  • Throbbing tooth pain
  • Double vision or loss of vision
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion/disorientation

How does a tooth become infected?

The mouth is full of bacteria from plaque, food, and saliva that can sometimes enter into the tooth or below the gumline. This results in a tooth infection, also known as a “tooth abscess”, which is a collection of pus and bacteria that forms inside the tooth or gum.

The risk for developing a tooth infection increases with:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • A high sugar diet
  • Dry mouth
  • Smoking

Steps you can take to prevent tooth infections

To reduce the risk of serious complications and to avoid emergency dental surgery, always seek treatment for a tooth infection as soon as possible. You can also minimize your chances of getting a tooth infection by following these recommended guidelines:

  • Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day
  • Decrease your intake of sugary foods
  • Switch to a diet high in vegetables and fruits
  • Avoid tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes
  • Drink plenty of water daily
  • Maintain regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist
September 28th, 2021
5 warning signs of gum disease and how to address them

Gum disease is a common issue amongst many people in the world. It is something to be aware of because it can lead to infection and serious damage. Dentists in Fort McMurray are trained to identify the telltale signs of oral health issues and can offer treatments to rectify problems that may arise. To protect […]

Read More
September 21st, 2021
What you need to know about dental veneers

Has your confidence dropped because of any of the following dental issues? Stained teeth Misshapen teeth Chipped or cracked teeth A large gap between your teeth Visiting a dentist in Fort McMurray for cosmetic reasons such as the ones mentioned above will help get you smiling again. You want your teeth to look beautiful and […]

Read More
August 25th, 2021
Sugar and its effects on your teeth

The amount of sugar you consume has a direct effect on your overall health, especially on your oral health. Many of the foods you eat every day contain sugar and though sugar can be fun to consume once in a while, too much can wreak havoc on your oral cavity. When you are shopping for […]

Read More
August 9th, 2021
What to ask your dentist when filing a dental Mediclaim

A dental Mediclaim can help save you money next time you visit the dentist, but what is the dental Mediclaim process? Your Fort McMurray orthodontist will be able to fill you in on what steps to take. In the meantime, here are some questions you can ask your dentist at your next appointment. Are routine […]

Read More
VIEW ALL POSTS

Ask Dr. Gill
Learn More With Our FAQ’s

Have a question? We are happy to answer them! Take a look at our frequently asked questions or feel free to give us a call at 780.790.0088 
Learn More

Evening & Weekend Appointments Available

© 2019 Franklin Dental Centre | Website Design by iNet Media Ltd.

map-markerfacebook-squarecommentsenvelope