“It’s just a small sore, it will go away.”
“A little sensitivity is no big deal.”
It happens to most Burlingame residents at least once in their life. Your teeth become sensitive to cold drinks. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. A pain develops in your lower sinus area.
This is definitely not a situation where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise. If the pain is the result of a dangerous infection, there are grave consequences of postponing treatment. Oral bacterial infections can destroy teeth, gums, and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis. In the past, tooth decay related infection was actually a leading cause of death.
An oral infection doesn’t always bring about pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.
If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional issues. However, usually, the infection is the result of dental trouble that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary.
The infection may be the result of a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess, and this fluid is created by the body as a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to fight infection and consists of dead white blood cells.
Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be treated – but you need to see your dentist.