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Dental Infections Specialist

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants -  - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Bayside, Bayside, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY

Your mouth is frequently in contact with germs and bacteria, making it susceptible to infections. Scott Goldstein, MS, DDS, and Peter Rosa, DDS, MD, FACS, offer safe and effective treatments for dental infections at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants. To get started, schedule a visit to one of their New York City offices in the Bayside area of Queens or the Upper East Side of Manhattan. You can book your visit by phone or by using the convenient online tool.

Dental Infections Q & A

What is a dental infection?

A dental infection is a bacterial infection of your oral tissues. Infections can affect your tooth pulp, the tip of your tooth root, your gums, among other areas of your mouth. In some cases, a dental infection can lead to the formation of an abscess, which is a small pocket of pus.

To maintain your oral health and overall wellness, you should always seek treatment for a dental infection.

What causes dental infections?

Dental infections happen when you have too much bacteria in your mouth, or when bacteria is left on the surfaces of your teeth and gums for too long. 

Plaque (a sticky substance that forms on your teeth when you eat or drink sugars or carbohydrates) is full of bacteria and acids that can infect your oral tissues.

In the case of dental infections within your tooth or at your tooth root, the infection usually begins when bacteria enters your tooth through a crack, fracture, or untreated cavity.

What are the signs of a dental infection?

Some indications you might be experiencing a dental infection include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Persistent throbbing pain in your jawbone, neck, or ear
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Fever
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes
  • Facial swelling

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants immediately. 

How do you treat dental infections?

The team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants offers a variety of treatments for dental infections. If your infection has formed an abscess, they’ll begin by draining the abscess.

Depending on your particular condition, they might also recommend any of the following:

Root canal

During a root canal, your oral surgeon drills a hole in your tooth and removes your infected tooth pulp, keeping the rest of your tooth structures intact.

Apicoectomy

Apicoectomies treat dental infections near the tip of your tooth root. Your surgeon opens a flap in your gum tissue to expose your tooth root, eliminates the infection, and sometimes removes the very tip of your tooth root.

To find out more about how the team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants can treat your dental infection, call the office or use the online tool to book a visit.