Most oral infections cause pain in the tooth or surrounding gum area. While pain is the most common manifestation of a tooth or gum infection, you may experience unusual signs not typically associated with oral infections. Be sure to see your

dentist if you experience any of the following.

Facial Burning

An abscessed tooth often causes throbbing pain, however, it can also cause unusual sensations in your face such as burning, numbness, and tingling. These symptoms occur when a dental infection causes inflammation of your facial nerve. Dental treatment in Kittanning PA for infection-related facial burning may include antibiotics to treat the tooth infection or supplementation with B vitamins. If the abscess has damaged the nerve or root, your dentist may recommend extraction. Once the infection has cleared or your tooth has been removed, facial burning and other abnormal sensations may resolve. It is important to note that inflammation of the facial nerve can take weeks or even months to subside.

Bad Taste In Mouth

A bad taste in your mouth may also indicate the presence of an oral infection. Severe infections of the teeth and gums can produce drainage that contains pus. When you bite down, pus can be released from the pocket. When this happens, you will notice an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Dental treatment in Kittanning PA will include oral antibiotics for purulent oral infections. If an infection that produces pus is not quickly recognized and treated, it can spread to other parts of your body through your bloodstream.

To learn more about unusual signs and symptoms of oral infections, call the office of Quad County Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: James P Miller III Dmd or visit our clinic.