If you have ever had an abscessed tooth, you are quite aware of the pain involved. For those of you who haven’t, or are not aware of what an abscessed tooth is, it is an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth, often causing moderate to severe discomfort.
Tooth decay is often the culprit behind an abscessed tooth, but it can also occur due to trauma to the tooth – such as an impact to the face, or a broken or chipped tooth, as well as gingivitis and/or gum disease.
Openings to the tooth enamel, allows bacteria to get into the center of the tooth where the pulp resides, and from there, the infection begins to spread to the root, and even potential the bone.
That is why being conscious of a toothache is very important. Hoping it will go away on its own could cause serious damage.
Common Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth:
Symptoms can include, but are not limited to: pain when chewing, fever, tooth sensitivity to hot of cold, a bitter taste in your mouth, swollen neck glands, severe bad breath, redness and/or swelling in the gums, swollen jaw, and a sore on the side of the gums that begins to ooze infected liquid.
Granted, an abscessed tooth is neither a pretty nor painless occurrence, so having it diagnosed quickly is important. From there, your dental professional will make every effort to preserve the tooth, and treat it with a root canal, often requiring a crown later on due having taken such a large portion of your tooth out in order to treat the infection.
In rare cases, the tooth may be extracted, allowing drainage through the socket. But this usually only occurs if there is no hope in saving the tooth, or cost is a factor but health is needing to be maintained.
Lastly, a dental professional may also make an incision in the gum to drain the abscess.
Whichever process is taken, antibiotics are prescribed afterwards in order to fully fight the infection, and complete the process entirely.
Although an abscessed tooth is never a welcome condition, at DentistsRUs we have a team of dental professionals who can quickly solve the problem. Call or click on any one of our dental professionals across the Lower Mainland, and keep your oral care in a painless, healthy, and optimal condition!
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View
Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View
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