A tooth abscess is basically a collection of pus that develops inside of a tooth. The abscess results from an untreated infection, which may affect not only the pulp of the tooth but the roots and nearby soft tissues, as well. This situation is an emergency and must be treated promptly. Below, you can learn more about the signs of a tooth abscess and how it can be treated.
Signs of Tooth Abscess
Pain and other signs of inflammation often come with a tooth abscess. The pain may be present all around the tooth, including in the jaw bone, and chewing and pressing on the tooth may make the pain worse. Gum swelling may be visible, and systemic symptoms, such as malaise and fever, may develop as the infection worsens.
Tooth Abscess Treatment
Tooth infections, including those that develop abscesses, are normally treated with a root canal. This involves drilling into the tooth, eliminating the infection and damaged tissues, filling the tooth with medicated packing, and sealing it back up again. A crown is usually put over the tooth to protect it. In some cases, patients opt to have the tooth extracted instead.
An abscess is a painful and potentially dangerous dental problem. When pain occurs in the mouth, it should be examined by our dentist so that if an infection is present, proper treatment can be performed without delay. A root canal can save a tooth from infection and allow patients to keep using it for decades. At a consultation with our dentist, you can learn more about tooth abscesses and when an emergency root canal is performed.
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