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How to treat an infected tooth?

Treating an infected tooth typically involves seeking dental treatment from a dentist. Here are some common steps that may be taken to treat an infected tooth:

1. Antibiotics: If the infection is severe, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to help control the infection. It's important to take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by your dentist.

2. Drainage: In some cases, your dentist may need to drain the abscess (pus-filled swelling) associated with the infected tooth to help alleviate pressure and pain.

3. Root canal therapy: If the infection has reached the pulp of the tooth, your dentist may perform a root canal to remove the infected tissue, clean the inside of the tooth, and seal it to prevent further infection.

4. Extraction: If the tooth is severely infected and cannot be saved with a root canal, your dentist may recommend extracting the tooth to prevent the infection from spreading further.

5. Pain management: Your dentist may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage any discomfort associated with the infection.

6. Follow-up care: It's important to follow your dentist's instructions for post-treatment care and attend any follow-up appointments to ensure that the infection has been effectively treated.

It's essential to seek professional dental care if you suspect you have an infected tooth, as untreated dental infections can lead to serious complications. If you are experiencing severe pain, swelling, fever, or difficulty breathing or swallowing, seek immediate medical attention.

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