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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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