A tooth abscess occurs when a tooth becomes infected and a pocket of pus forms around it. If you feel as though you have one, you should seek immediate attention from a dentist or an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the treatment of dental pulp. If the tooth abscess goes untreated, it can eventually spread to other areas, such as the jaw, neck, and head.
A tooth abscess can be the result of several problems. Infection can occur as a result of a deep cavity, tooth decay, gum disease, or even a cracked tooth. There are two types of abscess that can occur: a periapical abscess or a periodontal abscess.
A periapical abscess will affect the tip of the tooth that is rotting, while a periodontal abscess affects the bone that is adjacent to your tooth. Common signs that you may have a tooth abscess include swelling, redness of the gums, jaw pain, difficulty breathing, swollen lymph nodes, and pain while eating.
There is also a chance that a tooth abscess could exist without showing any signs. This is why it is important to make regular visits to your dentist who may be able to spot the abscess during a routine check-up.
Tooth Abscess Treatment
If the abscess is too large or has spread, your dentist may send you to see an endodontist. The expertise of an endodontist lies in treating tooth abscesses. The endodontist may also prescribe specific medications that could help get rid of the infection that is causing the abscess.
If the tooth looks to be beyond saving, extraction may be necessary. However, your dentist may also choose to perform a root canal. Root canals involve a dentist or endodontist drilling into the tooth and cleaning it from the inside. It will then be re-filled, and you may get a crown or cap over the tooth.
Visit your dentist as soon as possible if you experience tooth pain and symptoms of an abscess. In the end, your dentist is the only person who can pinpoint the most effective treatment option for your specific case.
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