Usually forming at the root of a tooth, a tooth abscess is a pocket of bacteria that has become infected. Several factors play a role in the development of an abscess, from untreated tooth decay or a cracked filling, to infection of the gums. Even so, pain and discomfort associated with an abscessed tooth varies from person to person. While some experience excruciating pain and swelling, some may have a mild toothache. When it comes to your abscessed tooth, dental professionals agree—do not wait to see your dentist, even if your pain starts to subside.
Possible Indicators of an Abscessed Tooth
- Pain or discomfort while biting or chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Bad breath or Bad Taste
- Swollen gums
- Swollen jaw
- Sores on gums
How Is An Abscessed Tooth Treated?
From a dental standpoint, initial treatment of an abscessed tooth involves eliminating the infection and attempting to save the tooth. In most cases, this requires draining the abscess. Patients are given a local anesthetic while bacteria are removed. From here, dentists have several options, depending on the type of abscess.
- Periapical Abscess: this type of abscess is most commonly treated by root canal therapy. Damaged tissue is removed from the pulp of the tooth, and a filling material replaces the root, preventing the reoccurrence of infection.
- Periodontal Abscess: this type of abscess requires that the pocket of the gum be cleaned. For the portion of the tooth below the gum line that may have become infected, a planing treatment is performed, which helps prevent the tooth from further infection.
At Seneca Family Dentistry, we understand that a tooth abscess can vary from one patient to the next. Yet, if you suspect that you have an abscessed tooth, please call us today. We'll provide the compassionate care that'll give you peace of mind about your oral health. It may even save you from a dental emergency.
Posted on behalf of Seneca Family Dentistry