Tooth Infection

Infections can be serious, and it is always important for patients to know when to call their dentist. Infections should always be treated right away to avoid complications, or other issues from developing. If you have a toothache and throbbing pain that does not go away, the infection could spread to other places in the body. At Fundamental Dental, we are equipped to handle any dental emergency, and offer flexible hours to accommodate our patients.

What Are Symptoms of a Tooth Infection?

  • Throbbing pain that does not subside
  • Pain in your jaw, neck, or ear
  • Sensitivity when you place pressure on the area
  • Pain that gets worse when you are lying down
  • Swelling around the jaw or mouth
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Bad breath or odd taste in the mouth
  • Fever

Knowing these signs can help treat an infection before it spreads and becomes more serious. Never hesitate to call your dentist when you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. At Fundamental Dental, we put our patients’ health first, and provide exceptional care you can trust. Our team is trained to handle any emergency, and we will work to relieve your pain and keep you comfortable.

What Happens If the Infection Spreads?

There is little chance that a tooth infection will spread to other parts of the body. Patients that have any of the below symptoms should call our office right away. Infections that spread can be life threatening and should be taken seriously.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Change in vision
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion
  • Swelling around the face or mouth

Pain that does not subside

What Treatment Is Available?

The treatment provided will depend on the severity of the infection. If an abscess is present, we will identify the location of the abscess, and determine how far the infection has spread. Root canal treatment may be necessary to treat an abscess if it is located inside the tooth. If root canal therapy is not enough, our doctor can perform an apicoectomy to open up the gum area near the root, and remove the infected tissue.


Other treatments may involve prescribing antibiotics to treat the infection and stop it from spreading. Our team will monitor your progress on the antibiotics to ensure they are working. If necessary, the type of antibiotics used may need to be changed, and a hospital stay may be required.


Sepsis can occur when an infection spreads, and the immune system overreacts to an infection in your blood. If this is left untreated, sepsis can lead to septic shock which can cause organ failure, or even death. Patients that have sepsis will need to be hospitalized and given special intravenous treatment.


Treating an infection is extremely important to avoid complications like sepsis. We encourage you to contact our office if you experience any sign of an infection. Let our team help relieve your pain, and get you on the road to recovery.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you think you may have an infection, we encourage you to contact our office right away. To schedule your appointment, please contact Fundamental Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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Finding quality and affordable dental care in your area can be a daunting task. At Fundamental Dental we provide dental care you can trust in a friendly and welcoming environment. We want our patients to be able to relax, and not feel anxious when they visit the dentist. We pay special attention to our patients’ feelings, and make sure every experience with us is exceptional.

Dr. Kuruvilla has many years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, and loves to provide honest quality care. He takes his time with each patient to ensure they get the attention they need, and the service they deserve. Our practice welcomes all new patients in a no pressure environment, offering a variety of treatments for any budget. Our office has state of the art technology and equipment, allowing our team to bring our patients the latest and greatest techniques in the dental industry.

Are There Special Financing Options?

Fundamental Dental accepts many insurance plans. We also accept Care Credit and Lending Club as alternative financing options. Fundamental Dental can work with you to find a financial option that works best for you. Our staff is available to answer any financial or insurance questions you may have before you begin a treatment with us. We understand how stressful finding affordable dental care near you can be, and our staff at Fundamental Dental will work with your budget to ensure you can receive the care you need.

Why Choose Us?

Patients want to know when they enter a dental office that they are in good hands. Our patients are our family, and we give our time and attention to each patient making sure they understand their dental needs. Our practice is designed to help our patients feel calm during their visit, for those that may suffer from dental anxiety. Fundamental Dental has a flexible schedule and hours to provide same and next day appointments. If you think you may need to be seen by our doctor, we recommend you contact our office, and we will get you in as soon as possible.

Come experience the difference in dentistry, and choose a practice that provides quality dental care you can trust. Fundamental Dental is the preferred affordable dentist in Dallas, TX, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Interested in finding a Dentist in Dallas, TX?

If you are interested in finding a dentist near you that provides the best dental services in the area for patients of all ages, Fundamental Dental can help. Our knowledge and experience allow our team to provide the highest level of care. We teach our patients how to care for their teeth using good oral hygiene habits at home. Your oral health is our priority, and we love to create long lasting relationships with each patient.

Our office is conveniently located near Medical City Heart Hospital, making us a great choice for patients in the area.

To schedule an appointment with us, contact Fundamental Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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When deciding to whiten your teeth you may wonder if teeth whitening treatments will damage your teeth. Teeth whitening treatments are effective, and do not damage the enamel on your teeth. At Fundamental Dental we combine our knowledge and experience to give our patients modern dentistry. We offer many cosmetic services, and provide rapid treatments, as well as same day treatments. Dr. Kuruvilla has years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, and loves to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for his patients. We welcome new patients, and look forward to becoming your preferred dentist in Dallas, TX.

What Teeth Whitening Services Do We Offer?

At Fundamental Dental we offer the Zoom teeth whitening system. Zoom is a completely safe and very effective way to whiten your teeth in our office. The process is quick, and many patients see results right after their first treatment. The Zoom system is easy and comfortable for patients, and the treatment is done in less than an hour.

Who Would Be a Good Candidate for Zoom?

Patients that have discolored teeth or stained teeth are great candidates for the Zoom teeth whitening system. Stains can be caused by dark colored foods or liquids, such as coffee or red wine. The Zoom system is perfect before weddings or events, to restore your confidence, and remove stains on your teeth. Zoom creates beautiful results that last, and leave you with a bright white smile.

During our consultation process we will evaluate the health of your teeth and mouth, and determine if Zoom is right for you. Patients should have healthy teeth that are free of decay before starting the Zoom system. If patients need other treatments prior to starting the Zoom system, our team will discuss what is needed and create a customized treatment plan that works for you. We love creating beautiful smiles, and always ensure our patients have a pleasant experience.

What Can I Expect During the Zoom Process?

When we begin the Zoom whitening treatment, we use special tools to move your lips slightly away from your teeth. Our team will apply a highly concentrated gel to your teeth. Next, a bright light is used on the gel to begin the whitening process. After about 30 minutes, we reapply the gel and apply the light for a second time. The treatment takes about an hour, and once complete patients can see results immediately. Our team will discuss tips and tricks on how to keep your teeth looking bright white at home.

Will I Have Sensitivity From Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a safe way to whiten teeth that are damaged from stains or discoloration. Our enamel is the outer layer of the tooth, and the layer underneath our enamel is what absorbs the stain. This layer is called dentin, and is the layer that teeth whitening systems must reach in order to achieve results. The Zoom product safely flows through the enamel tubules, and reaches the dentin underneath, to gently and easily whiten your teeth without damaging your enamel.

Any whitening treatment may cause some sensitivity afterwards, and some patients are more sensitive than others. We recommend patients avoid extremely hot or cold foods or drinks right after their treatment. The sensitivity should subside after a few days.

Looking for Teeth Whitening in Dallas, TX?

If you are interested in finding a dentist near you that provides exceptional cosmetic dentistry in Dallas, TX, we welcome you to contact Fundamental Dental. Fundamental Dental provides quality care that is honest and judgement free. We offer a variety of cosmetic treatments, and can work with patients on any budget. Your oral health is our priority, and we want our patients to be relaxed and comfortable when they visit our office. Come experience quality dental care that you can trust.

Our office is conveniently located near Medical City Heart Hospital, making us a great choice for families living in the area.

To learn more about our teeth whitening treatments, and to schedule an appointment, please contact Fundamental Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, and many patients encounter pain or discomfort when they eat certain foods that are hot or cold. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, around 40 million adults suffer from sensitivity. Usually, the pain is temporary and can be treated to improve, but not cure the condition.

 

At Fundamental Dental, we provide many general dentistry services including treatment for patients that suffer from sensitivity. We strive to provide quality dental care in a caring and friendly environment, where patients can relax during their treatment. We welcome new patients to our practice, and look forward to you joining our dental family.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can happen suddenly, and to anyone. Typically, symptoms of sensitivity include a sudden sharp pain when your teeth are exposed to cold, hot, or acidic foods. Tooth sensitivity can also come after you brush or floss your teeth. Teeth whitening can cause sensitivity after treatment, so patients should consider this when they are deciding to start a whitening regimen.

 

Our teeth are protected by enamel, and underneath the enamel is a layer of dentin. Dentin is soft, and if the enamel on your teeth is worn down, or your gums have receded the dentin can become exposed. Dentin can be exposed from cavities or cracks in your teeth. The dentin is connected to the nerve area, and this is what can cause pain or sensitive teeth.

Other Actions That Can Cause Sensitivity

  • Brushing too vigorously
  • Gum recession from periodontal disease
  • Gingivitis
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Cracked or injured teeth
  • Plaque
  • Acidic foods or drinks
  • Dental procedures such as sensitivity after a filling
  • Teeth Whitening treatments

What Treatments Are Available for Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can never completely go away, but there are treatments available that can help alleviate the sensitivity you experience. If you are experiencing any sensitivity, we recommend you make an appointment for an exam in our office. We can treat sensitivity easier if we know that is what is causing you pain. Never leave pain untreated as this could lead to more serious issues in the future.

Sensitivity Treatments

  • Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Changing to a soft bristled tooth brush.
  • Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride.
  • Avoid acidic foods or drinks.
  • Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth.
  • Inlays or bonding can help fix a tooth and decrease sensitivity.
  • Gum grafts can help protect the root area of the tooth.
  • Fluoride gel or varnish treatment can help protect your teeth from wear and tear.
  • Root Canal therapy if needed can help with severe tooth sensitivity, but this is typically the last resort.

Taking care of your teeth and knowing when to call your dentist is important. Patients should never have prolonged pain or sensitivity to hot or cold. It is always important to take care of your oral health, and practice good habits at home. At Fundamental Dental, your oral health is our priority, and we strive to provide our patients with quality and affordable dental services. Let our team help you take charge of your dental health.

Ready To Schedule Your Appointment?

If you are interested in finding out more about treatments for tooth sensitivity, contact Fundamental Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.