Tooth Abscesses and You

What is a Tooth Abscess?

Edmond Dentist: Diagram of Abscess Tooth

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An abscess is what happens when a pocket of pus is created around the base of a tooth’s root and anyone, regardless of age, can get one. Unlike a few medical issues, a tooth abscess will not get better on its own you should seek treatment from your Edmond Dentist or an endodontist. Also, unlike some dental issues, a tooth abscess can lead to serious medical complications, as it is an infection and can spread from your tooth to your jaw, neck, head, and rest of the body.

 

What Causes It?

On the outside, your tooth is hard and prevent damage and contact with your nerves. However, the inside of your tooth isn’t just nerve tissue it’s also filled with connective tissue that keeps the tooth in places as well as blood vessels to keep all the tissue alive. Sometimes that living tissue can get infected by a deep cavity or tooth decay. Having a cracked tooth can also allow infection into the soft tissue inside the tooth. Lastly, gum disease can work its way down into the pulp that exists inside the tooth. Tooth abscess’ can also occur in more than one place in a person’s mouth, traveling through the bone and showing up in the more than one place.

How do you know if you have an Abscessed Tooth?

The Edmond Dentist listed some issues you might notice:

  • Tooth or Jaw Pain
  • Swelling or redness in the gums or mouth.
  • A persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Pain around a particular tooth when you chew
  • Fever
  • You may have Swollen lymph nodes

An abscess can form something that looks like a pimple on your gums that, when pressed, will ooze fluid. This is a sure sign that you have an abscess under the tooth.

How does the Edmond Dentist treat an Abscessed Tooth?

If the abscess has found a way to drain itself you may not have any symptoms, but the most common symptoms will be pain an swelling. Without symptoms, the only way to spot an abscess is for your Edmond Dentist to spot the area with an X-Ray. Treating the tooth can be as simple as a root canal and draining the pocket of infected tissue.

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Edmond Dentist Discusses The Eruption Of Baby Teeth

Edmond Dentist Talks About Baby Teeth Coming In

For parents of a newborn baby, there’s so many health related concerns and issues to think about that it can often be overwhelming to learn about the things you really need to know and leave behind what you don’t. Dental care, including the eruption of baby teeth, and the future of an infant’s ongoing dental hygiene are surprisingly topics that new parents are often at a loss about. That being said, our Edmond dentist does receive a lot of questions about the growth process and about when to expect their baby’s teeth to start showing up.

The simple answer that our Edmond dentist would provide is that the exact timing of when baby teeth come in and shed (or fall out again) may vary, but on average there are typical age ranges when each area is expected to see growth. In general, your child will develop 20 primary teeth by the time they reach the age of three. The 5 different types of baby teeth are: Central Incisors, Lateral Incisors, Canines (or Cuspids), First Molars, and Second Molars. Here’s a chart to show their locations:

Baby Teeth Diagram

Now that you have a visual and a slightly better understanding of the location for these 5 primary types of baby teeth, our Edmond dentist wanted to provide a quick run down of the time frames in which you can expect to see your baby’s teeth start to come in:

Upper Teeth

Central Incisor: Erupts between 8-12 months old. Sheds between 6-7 years old.
Lateral Incisor: Erupts between 9-13 months old. Sheds between 7-8 years old.
Canine: Erupts between 16-22 months old. Sheds between 10-12 years old.
First Molar: Erupts between 13-19 months old. Sheds between 9-11 years old.
Second Molar: Erupts between 25-33 months old. Sheds between 10-12 years old.

Lower Teeth

Central Incisor: Erupts between 6-10 months old. Sheds between 6-7 years.
Lateral Incisor: Erupts between 10-16 months old. Sheds between 7-8 years old.
Canine: Erupts between 17-23 months old. Sheds between 9-12 years old.
First Molar: Erupts between 14-18 months old. Sheds between 9-11 years old.
Second Molar: Erupts between 23-31 months old. Sheds between 10-12 years old.

While it might be a while before you baby has his or her first tooth, it’s important to keep an eye out for the growth of your baby’s teeth! Our Edmond dentist would like to remind parents that protecting baby teeth by starting dental checkups early is recommended. In fact, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the baby’s first tooth appears, but no later than the child’s first birthday.

If you need to make an appointment to see our Edmond dentist, please give Wallace Family Dentistry a call at 405-340-0411.