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The bacterial presence of tooth decay, can become ever-more pervasive with time. If you continually refuse to seek professional dental care at Dr. Smith’s Merced, California clinic, an infection could develop in the pulp and root of the tooth. When this happens, you are at increased risk of developing a dangerous abscess or other infection in your gums.

This could likely accompany a toothache, feeling of pressure or persistent pain in the underlying gums. Sometimes, a minor case can be cleared up by performing a root canal, followed by a course of antibiotics.

Yet, a more severe abscess, or one that further goes without professional treatment, could allow a dangerous infection to spread to your bloodstream. This condition, known as septicemia, could potentially be lift threatening.

To prevent this from happening, Dr. Smith might recommend oral surgery to remove the infected tissues. This might also include a total extraction of the compromised tooth.

Dr. Smith might recommend full sedation, during the extraction. Afterward, you will still feel some sedative effects afterward. This means you’ll need to arrange for a ride home from a friend or family member.

Other post-operative care considerations, might include prescription pain management medication or a course of antibiotics to eliminate any traces of infection.

While your gums are healing, it’s best to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. It might also be helpful to choose soft foods. You should avoid using a straw, when drinking, as the suction could affect the incision site.

If you live in the Merced, California area and you are experiencing symptoms of severe tooth decay, or abscess, you should call 209-205-4657 to seek professional treatment with Dr. Smith.