Dental infections can arise from deep cavities, periodontal disease, fractured teeth, trauma, postoperative infections from extractions or implants.
By far, the most common type of dental infection begins with a deep cavity that goes untreated and spreads into or beyond the root of the tooth. Most of these infections are typically treated with a “root canal” and antibiotics. Occasionally, if the cavity is so involved and the tooth lacks enough support the tooth may need to be removed.
Dental infections cannot be taken lightly. Infections can spread from a single tooth to involve deep spaces in the face and neck requiring incision and drainage and possible hospital stay.