The Dangers Of An Infected/Abscessed Tooth

We’re currently only offering emergency services for our patients in El Paso, TX, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at a common emergency situation: An infected or abscessed tooth. Not only does this issue cause pain, but it could lead to tooth loss unless treated!

What Causes an Infection?

Our teeth are made of three major layers: the inner pulp, the dentin, and the enamel. The pulp is a group of living tissues that keeps the tooth alive and healthy. The dentin makes up most tooth structure, surrounding the pulp. The enamel is a thin outer layer that protects the tooth from injury or decay. However, should the enamel become weakened due to poor oral hygiene, or cracked or chipped as a result of an accident, then bacteria reach the dentin and causes a cavity. As the cavity spreads, it could reach the pulp and then the tooth becomes infected. Treatment is crucial for avoiding the loss of your tooth, as well as severe discomfort.

Common Warning Signs

People with an infected or abscessed tooth often complain about tooth sensitivity or toothaches, as well as pain when eating or biting down. The aching tooth may have swelling, as well as a discharge from it. If you begin to experience one or more of these potential warning signs, then please let our team know right away. The sooner we address this, the sooner we can protect your smile from tooth loss.

Treatment Options

Our team will first examine your smile to identify the causes of your discomfort. If we find an infected tooth, we will administer a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. We next open the tooth and remove the infected tissues from within. After we clean the interior of the tooth, we add a restorative material and cap it with a custom-made crown. Your tooth will look natural and you avoid the discomfort of an untreated infection. We also take steps to ensure your health and safety when you visit, scheduling people so the waiting room is empty when you arrive, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and tools in the office. Our team members also wash their hands frequently and follow strict safety protocols. If you have any questions about identifying and combating a dental infection, or about how we ensure your safety when you visit our office, then contact our team today.


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team would love to help address your emergency situations before they threaten your oral health. For more information on restorative treatments or to schedule your next consultation, contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.