How serious is a tooth abscess?

Man suffering from tooth ache in morning

The words “tooth abscess” don’t sound very pleasant – and a tooth abscess is definitely something you want to avoid. Read on for some more information on what a tooth abscess is and what to do if you have one!

What is a tooth abscess?

“Tooth abscess” is just a technical term for an infected tooth. It may be infected at the root or in between the gum and the tooth. Bacteria-filled pus fills in the infected area, and if the infection isn’t treated it will only get worse. It can damage the teeth and then move on to damaging other teeth; it can even damage the jaw bone. In the worst-case scenario, the infection can spread to other parts of the body and cause very serious health problems.

If you have a tooth abscess, you might have a fever and swollen neck glands, an open sore on the gums, a sharp pain in your tooth, tender gums, a swollen area on the jaw, and/or teeth that are suddenly very sensitive to hot or cold.

What causes a tooth abscess?

An infection can be caused by bad dental habits and dental problems that aren’t taken care of. Untreated cavities, cracks, holes, or chips in a tooth give bacteria the chance to get into the tooth and cause an infection.

What is the treatment for a tooth abscess?

It is best to not get an abscess at all, of course! Take good care of your teeth: brush and floss thoroughly, eat healthy foods, and visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

If you are in pain, you should see your dentist right away – don’t wait for your next cleaning appointment! If you have an abscess, it won’t go away on its own. Your dentist will drain the abscess and kill any remaining bacteria. You might have to have a root canal to get rid of infected tissue, and if the infection is very serious you may have to have the tooth removed.

As you can see, a tooth abscess should be dealt with as soon as possible. Call the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, office of Lerner & Lemongello at (561) 627-9000 for an appointment!

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