Dental Abscess

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A dental abscess is a pus build-up inside the teeth, in the gums, or in the bone that keeps the teeth in place. It’s caused by a bacterial infection.

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.

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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
  • fever
  • 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.

At-home Care

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.

Kellyville Ridge dentist serves the local communities in Kellyville, North Kellyville, Beaumont Hills, Rouse Hill, Schofields, The Ponds, Stanhope Gardens, Parklea, Glenwood, and Lalor Park.

Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available!

Call us on (02) 8889 1588 immediately. We will attend to you with utmost urgency and care.

We are located at G4/8 Merriville Rd in Kellyville Ridge.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes denture breakage?

Dentures are fragile and can easily break. Dropping them is the most common cause of breakage. Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge only uses high-quality, impact-resistant materials that will not break as easily as dentures constructed from cheaper materials.

Other causes of broken dentures include chewing on very hard foods, looseness, incorrect storage or cleaning, and adjustment or repair attempts. Also, aged and worn dentures are more prone to breakage.

How do I know if it’s time to reline my dentures?

If the dentures no longer fit as they once did, you may need to have the base of the denture refitted.

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Contact Info

Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge

Address: G4/8 Merriville Rd, Kellyville Ridge, NSW 2155

Phone: (02) 8889 1588

Email: info@dentalcube.com.au

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Location

Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge is located near Beaumont Hills, oposite of Ettamogah Hotel and minutes away from Kellyville Ridge Public School and Connor Greasby Park.

Kellyville Ridge dentist also serving local communities in Kellyville, Kings Langley, North Kellyville, Beaumont Hills, Rouse Hill, Schofields, The Ponds, Stanhope Gardens, Parklea, Glenwood and Lalor Park.