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What to know about tooth infection and extraction
Updated: 2/18/2011 7:00:15 PM

Everyday dental health problems such as cavities can lead to tooth extraction Dentists commonly perform tooth extraction surgeries on individuals who experience trauma to a tooth, or have tooth infection and decay.

The three types of tooth infection are infections inside the tooth, tooth infections that occur in the bone around the end of the tooth and gum tissue infection.

Infections or cavities in those who don't use proper dental care practices can lead to dental abscesses, which can affect the mouth, jaw, face and throat. Bacteria can infect the center of teeth when an opening in the tooth enamel allows bacteria to enter.

Individuals who experience toothaches, swelling of tissues within the tooth or the presence of pus around the tooth should visit their dentist as soon as possible for treatment.

Dentists will likely try other abscess treatments to save the tooth before resorting to extraction.

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 49,000 tooth extractions are performed over the course of a year in the U.S. 

Simple everyday practices can help prevent the need for tooth extraction and infection. Individuals of all ages should brush and floss daily and visit the dentist two times every year. Also, do not delay having cavities filled.

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