I'll give you a prescription for an antibiotic.
Draining the infection and taking the antibiotic pills should cure the infection in about two days.
What kind of another medicine will I be taking, Doctor?
I'll give you a prescription for codeine. Take the codeine pills if you're uncomfortable.
Take one codeine pill with two aspirins every four hours. I'd like you to come back in two days.
I want to be sure that the healing is normal.
When the infection is gone, there will be a periodontal pocket around the tooth.
The pocket will have to be eliminated or the tooth will become infected again.
Thank you, Doctor. Good-bye. I'll see you in two days.
Why did that tooth become infected, Doctor?
The main cause was a poorly made crown with overhanging margins.
Faulty dental restorations are common causes for chronic gingivitis and periodontitis.
A tooth with chronic inflammation is more susceptible to acute infection.
Why is that?
Defective margins are ideal locations for oral bacteria to accumulate.
Bacteria are the primary cause of irritation and inflammation to the gingival.
Proximal contacts that are inadequate or improperly located will result in food impaction.
Food impaction also causes chronic inflammation and acute infection.
And what happens if the restoration is not shaped?
Failure to shape a restoration to provide for normal embrasures will increase the accumulation of gingival irritants.
Restorations with occlusal disharmonies may be very harmful to the supporting periodontal tissues.