Beware of Infected Tooth Roots
Jul 31, 2020 10:00AM
By Owen W. Allison
The problem with infected tooth roots is that sometimes they don’t hurt. That sounds like a good thing, but they are local infections around the root of a tooth in the bone. The infection is caused by either decay which has gotten in the nerve of the tooth or gum infection under the gumline that moves down the root from outside the tooth.
Either one cause creates a growing abscess in the bone that sets off an inflammatory response in the body. Where a root is infected, it will often result in loss of the tooth if it goes undetected.
Regular dental checkups with periodic X-rays and periodontal probing will detect developing problems before serious infection occurs. The old adage, “What you can’t see won’t hurt you,” doesn’t apply to infected tooth roots.
Owen Allison, DMD, is the owner of Susquehanna Dental Arts, located at 100 S. 18th St., in Columbia. He is a holistic dentist who practices mercury-free and fluoride-free dentistry. For more information, call 717-684-3943 or 717-285-7033 or visit SusquehannaDentalArts.com.