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The Perils of Ignoring an Infected Tooth Elk Grove, CA
A woman suffering from dental pain in a dentist office.

When was the last time you had your beautiful bright smile checked for dental decay? That is one of the mysteries of tooth decay, your tooth can look fine on the outside but inside it is slowly rotting away. The longer it goes untreated, the closer you come to having a seriously infected tooth, tooth pain and the possibility of more serious health problems.

Take Action Before It Is Too Late

Years ago there was a popular campaign to get people to go to the dentist. Billboards read, “Ignore your teeth and they will go away.” The saying was humorous – and true. However, the discomfort, expense and health concerns of neglected dental care were not mentioned. Ignoring a tooth that has dental decay is not a laughing matter by any means. The longer it remains untreated, the more problems it causes.

A small cavity begins in a localized area. Sometimes the hole created in the enamel does not get very big, but as time goes on, the area decay grows larger, affecting adjacent sides of the tooth, all the while eating away at the softer inner tissue and getting nearer and nearer to the nerve center. If the condition is ignored, the pulp will be attacked, and an abscess may develop.

Most people experience a great deal of pain when a tooth becomes infected, but not everyone. Some people have a high pain tolerance while others decide to disregard the pain, thinking that sooner or later it will go away.

In some instances, the pain finally subsides. However, that is usually a good indication that the tooth is dead. Acids produced from the harmful bacteria have attacked the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth. Nothing is left but the necrotic tissue of decay and whatever tooth structure that was not affected. Sometimes the entire crown of the decayed tooth will break off, leaving only the roots.

Health Issues

In addition to the pain caused by an infected tooth, your health can become compromised as well. The bacteria causing the infection in your tooth can spread to other parts of your head and neck. Upper teeth that are infected can lead to irritated sinuses. Serious consequences can evolve if the infection causes inflammation of the membranes near the spinal cord and brain. This results in meningitis, which is a life-threatening disease.

The team at Ora Dentistry is dedicated to ensuring the best possible oral health for all our patients. Keep your smile bright and healthy when you schedule an appointment with us. Call today.

Posted on behalf of Ora Dentistry

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000


Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm


Cynthia B.

Very confused by the website and advertising as an after hour/emergency dental service. I broke a tooth this evening and was looking for emergency dental services for the earliest appointment. I called and a receptionist/operator picked up on a Friday evening close to 8 p.m. and said that the emergency dental service was only for existing patients. That isn't on the website and in fact, the top line on the website states if you need emergency dental care , call. Don't mind that they aren't able to see me, but the operator needs a better script when explaining their services and should also provide better service or don't be an after hour receptionist. She also never asked me if I WAS an existing patient. Would love to give no stars, but I can't post unless I pick one. UPDATE: So wasn't expecting the owner of the practice to call me. I spoke with Dr. Dalla and he explained in detail their policies and calmed my anxiety regarding my broken tooth.. I appreciate that he is a business owner that pays attention to what is being said about his practice and would take the time to follow up. I may have found a new dentist.

Abida G.

I’ve been searching for a dental office for my special needs daughter for a long time. I called many offices explaining her situation that she had Autism and anxiety and I was told they didn’t see special needs kids. I came across Ora Dentistry through my google search and gave them a call explained to them my situation and they told me they’d be happy to see her. We scheduled an appointment. On the day of the appointment I called again and explained her situation and told them she would like her sister and mom to be there for support due to her anxiety and they were totally accommodating and that put me at ease. We got to our appointment and were greeted by Bridgette she was AMAZING with my daughter she made her feel SUPER comfortable through out the entire process! I’ve never seen my daughter so calm and relaxed. When the doctor came in to do his exam on her he too was beyond nice and again made my daughter feel at ease. I really have to thank Ora dentistry for their excellent service! If you have a special needs child this is the place to go! Highly recommend it!

Steve F.

Two years ago I visited this office to assess the viability of getting an implant for a lost tooth. On that first visit Dr. Dalla had x-rays taken, made the assessment, provided me with options, including performing an implant on a lost back molar. I consented, and right then and there, he performed the actual implant and gave me a return appointment to insure all was healing well. Then, 3 months later, he fitted me with the abutment and took impressions for the crown. Two weeks after that the crown was installed. Not only was the work done in record time, but it has been the best fitting crown I've ever had, and I've had 18 crowns in my lifetime of 68 years. This was my second implant. My first implant was by another dental office and does not come close to compare with Dr. Dalla's work. His implant and crown feel like healthy, natural teeth, and in fact, I chew most of my food using that new "molar." I wish I would have gone to him long ago. By far the best around. He is a perfectionist, and is demanding of himself. Just what you should want in someone performing your dental work. Highest recommendations!

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2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm