There are two kinds of dental abscesses: periapical abscess (abscess at the end of a tooth) and periodontal abscess (abscess in the gum).
Dental abscesses are most often painful but not always. In either case, they must be checked by your dentist immediately.
It’s important to see your dentist immediately because abscesses don’t go away on their own. They can spread to other parts of your body and make you sick, even threaten your life.
Causes of Dental Abscesses
A periapical dental abscess occurs when the dental pulp – the deepest part of the tooth that has blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue – is infected by bacteria.
Bacteria seeps in through either a dental cavity or an opening in the tooth and spreads down to the sensitive areas.
The infection can cause swelling and inflammation to the tip of the root.
Symptoms of Dental Abscesses
Symptoms of a dental abscess include:
- pain when biting or when touched
- sensitivity to cold or hot foods and beverages
- foul taste in the mouth
- generally unwell feeling
- difficulty in opening the mouth and swallowing
- difficulty in sleeping or insomnia
The main symptom of dental abscesses is throbbing and intense pain. The pain usually begins suddenly and becomes more intense over time. In some cases, the pain may spread to the ear, jawbone, and neck.
When to see a dentist
If you experience fever and inflammation in the face, see your Kellyville Ridge dentist immediately.
These symptoms may indicate that the infection has spread deeper into the jaw and surrounding tissue or even to other areas of the body.
Treatments for Dental Abscess
Dental abscesses are treated by removing the source of the infection and draining away the pus.
The possible treatments include:
Root canal treatment – to remove the abscess from the root of an affected tooth before filling and sealing it
Tooth extraction – this may be needed if root canal treatment is impossible
Incision and drainage – in which an incision is made in the gum to drain the abscess
For these procedures, a local anaesthetic will be used to numb the treated area.
More extensive operations may be performed under general anaesthetic, so you’re asleep.
Antibiotics are not routinely recommended for dental abscesses but may be used if the infection spreads or is particularly severe.
There are actions you can take at home to relieve the pain.
- Avoid foods and beverages that are either too hot or too cold.
- Chewing on the side of your mouth without an abscess will be less painful.
- Do not floss around the affected area.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
While at-home remedies can help make a person more comfortable while they wait for treatment, it is important to visit your Kellyville Ridge for treatment to avoid any of the complications of a dental abscess.
Preventing Dental Abscesses
Avoiding tooth decay is important in preventing abscess. Take care of your teeth to avoid cavities.
Here are some tips:
- Use fluoridated drinking water.
- Brush your teeth at least two times a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste.
- Use dental floss to clean between your teeth daily.
- Replace your toothbrush quarterly, or when the bristles are frayed.
- Eat healthy foods, while limiting sugary items and between-meal snacks.
- Visit your Kellyville Ridge dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleanings.
- Consider using an antiseptic or a fluoride mouthwash to add an extra layer of protection against tooth decay.
Dental Abscess Treatment at Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge
When dental emergencies occur, you need to seek dental attention immediately! Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge believes in bringing smiles, whatever happens.
Dental emergencies need to be taken seriously and handled carefully. We understand that and are ready to manage any dental emergency that may happen within or outside our working hours.
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Call us on (02) 8889 1588 immediately. We will attend to you with utmost urgency and care.
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