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How would i know if i have a tooth infection my tooth is hurting real bad i think i have a tooth infection

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Dr. Lee Patalowski
Specializes in Dentistry
Typically : Typically the reason you have dental pain is because there is swelling or infection. Infection is sometimes hard to see clinically. Very often infection starts off small. You should see a dentist immediately to evaluate the tooth. If indeed it is an infection, it can spread and cause significant destruction to one or more teeth. Hope this helps.
Dr. Michael Wollock
Dentistry 30 years experience
Chandler : Chandler heights, pain from a tooth can be for many reasons. Infections under a tooth commonly cause pain when chewing and even closing (although this can be caused by other issues as well). Eventually, a significant infection can lead to swelling and fever, in rare instances this can become life threatening. Time to see your dentist and figure out why you are in pain. Hope this is helpful, michael i. Wollock, dmd, agd fellow dentistry at suburban square 610-649-0313 www.Dentistryatsuburbansquare.Com.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
There : There is only one good way to know: see a dentist and have him or her evaluate your situation. This is not something to play around with. Patients have had very serious complications and even died from untreated dental infections. It is no worth the risk. One of my friends who is a dentist that treats children, has a patient in his practice who is mentally handicapped from an infected baby tooth. Caught early, dental infections are usually easily treated with complications. See a dentist asap! please!
Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 50 years experience
Well : Well we need to take a look at it and take an x-ray and see what condition your gums are in and whether you are bashing your tooth when you bite down and close your teeth together. Teeth hurt for a reason. The question is do you have an infection. If your gums have become detached and are bleeding when you floss them or brush them then you probably have a gum infection. If you have pain to sweet things or just a plain bad ache, you probably have decay, which is like an infection right the way through to the nerve. If you have been clenching your teeth because you are stressed out you might have a tooth ache that is not an infection but can hurt a lot. You know what, you need to see a dentist right away. Seriously! dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.

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