Having a Fever with Tooth Pain Means We Need to See You
Posted on 9/7/2020 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Tooth pain on its own generally does not indicate a serious issue. However, tooth pain in combination with other symptoms, like a fever, is a sign that there is something more serious going on. If you have a more serious underlying issue that is causing these symptoms, you need to get it treated as soon as possible. Depending on what the issue is, you could be facing serious illness or even loss of your tooth. Call us immediately to schedule an appointment if you experience both tooth pain and a fever.
What Fever Could Indicate
Tooth pain and fever on their own is generally not something to worry about. But, fever in addition to tooth pain likely means that you have an infection of some sort. This can occur for several reasons, such as an untreated injury, dental decay or disease, or a tooth abscess. Issues like these cannot be treated at home as they tend to occur under the tooth, deep in the gum.
The way we treat your condition will depend on what the specific issue is. Our dentist will give you more information at your appointment. Our dentist will most likely prescribe anti-biotics and recommend at-home symptom management like over-the-counter pain medication or cold compresses, to reduce any swelling and other symptoms. A possible treatment may begin with an x-ray or CT scan to determine the exact nature of the injury or disease.
Our dentist will numb your tooth and surrounding areas before making an incision to drain any pus or bacteria. They may also need to drill or extract the tooth, depending on the severity of the condition. Once this is done, we will clean the area and apply a crown or another type of covering if needed.
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