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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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Edmond Dentist: When Pain Leads To A Root Canal

Edmond Dentist: Reasons A Root Canal Is Needed

No one likes to think about having a root canal. In fact, the very mention of those words makes many patients recall the many horror stories about root canal therapy. Dental patients have been haunted by the idea of root canals for far too long. What they don’t realize is just how helpful this procedure can be to someone with chronic pain. Today, our Edmond dentist will give a few details about what types of pain could mean that a root canal is necessary and how we take care of the problem.

No one should ever feel ongoing pain in their teeth! The pain can feel different depending on whether the tooth is still alive or if it is abscessed (the tooth’s nerve is dead or dying). Our Edmond dentist, Dr. Mike, will clarify the differences for you.

The Pain Felt When A Tooth Is Alive:

Often, the patient will experience extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. This sensation will often continue even after the hot or cold item has been removed for a period of time. Some people may even experience severe headaches as a result of the extreme tooth pain.

The Pain Felt When A Tooth Is Abscessed:

Most patients will feel pain when they chew or put any type of pressure on the abscessed tooth. The abscess can produce swelling and bleeding around the tooth, as well. Some people may also notice some swelling in the cheek, jaw, or throat.

In severe cases with swelling or bleeding it is very important to be examined for a proper diagnosis. In most of these cases root canal therapy is necessary. The truth is that the treatment is not quite as complicated as it may seem. Of course, our Edmond dentist would be able to rule out the need for a root canal if something else were the problem.

If you a root canal is necessary, rest assured that you'll be in good hands. Dr. Mike, your Edmond dentist will remove any infected and damaged material, sterilize the inside of your tooth, and then restore the tooth with filling material so that it will not become re-infected.

If you are in ongoing pain caused by a tooth, please do not hesitate to contact our Edmond dentist right away for an assessment. Book your appointment with Wallace Family Dentistry by calling us at 405-340-0411 or by clicking here.