Treating Infected Teeth: Your Dentist Can Help

March 25, 2024

Dental abscesses can lead to severe discomfort and further compromise your oral health, but at our practice, we have the tools and expertise to address these issues promptly and effectively.

An abscessed tooth is a common dental problem that occurs when bacteria infiltrate the interior of a tooth or the tissues around it. These bacteria can cause an infection, which leads to a buildup of pus called an abscess. If left untreated, an abscess can cause significant pain and damage to your oral health.

The Difference between a Periapical and Periodontal Abscess

A periapical abscess is located at the tip of a tooth's root. It can develop from an untreated cavity, recurrent decay, or injury that affects the tooth's internal structures. Once these vital tissues are compromised, bacteria can invade and cause an infection. If left untreated, this infection may result in an abscess.

A periodontal abscess, on the other hand, forms between a tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. It usually develops due to a buildup of plaque and food debris that triggers inflammation, causing the pockets around the teeth to worsen and become more difficult to clean. These pockets can harbor bacteria, leading to an abscess.

Signs & Symptoms

If you notice a bubble-like lesion below the base of your tooth or between your teeth, and experience one or more of these symptoms, it's time to seek professional dental care:

  • Persistent, severe, throbbing toothache and pain that radiates to the jawbone and neck
  • Sensitivity to hot food or drinks
  • Sensitivity to touch or biting pressure
  • Swelling in the affected area
  • Fever
  • Tender, palpable, inflamed lymph nodes
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • A foul smell or taste in your mouth

Prompt Attention and Care at Our Practice

Ignoring an infected tooth can lead to serious health consequences. At our practice, we prioritize the prompt diagnosis and treatment of dental abscesses to minimize discomfort and prevent further complications. Depending on the type and severity of the infection, your dentist may recommend a combination of procedures such as root canal therapy, scaling, or even extraction.

We understand that dealing with an infected tooth can be stressful and uncomfortable. That's why our dedicated staff is committed to providing you with attentive, personalized care in a relaxing and comfortable environment at our office.

Preventing Dental Abscesses: Proper Oral Hygiene and Regular Checkups

The best way to prevent dental abscesses is by maintaining good oral hygiene habits. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling regular check-ups with your dentist can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and minimize the risk of infection.

Contact Us for Dental Abscess Treatment

If you suspect that you have an infected tooth, don't delay in seeking professional dental care. Contact us at our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on the path to optimal oral health.

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