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What Is Abscess?

When oral bacteria gets inside the tooth, it can cause infection to the pulp tissue there. This infection can spread to the tip of the tooth root and create the abscess, which is a pocket filled with pus. This is the most common type of abscess and is called periapical abscess.

How To Prevent Abscess?

Bacteria gets inside of the tooth through openings caused by decay, gum disease, or fracture. You can prevent abscess by keeping up on the basics of oral hygiene: brushing teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly. If you fracture or loosen your tooth, then try to see your dentist as soon as possible.

What Are The Symptoms Of Abscess?

It is important to recognize if you have developed abscess so you can treat it as soon as possible. Signs of abscess include:

  • Toothache: Severe toothache, pain when you chew, or tooth sensitivity can indicate the presence of abscess.
  • Swelling: This can occur in the gums (which may also appear red), the face, the cheeks, and even the lymph nodes of the neck.
  • Other: Other common symptoms include a bad taste in your mouth, bad breath, or fever.

What Are The Treatments Of Abscess?

Depending on how far the abscess has gone, your dentist will prescribe the best treatment for your teeth, including:

  • Draining The Abscess: This is the simplest treatment. Your dentist will make an incision in the gums, drain the abscess, and then cleanse the area with salt water. They may also prescribe antibiotics.
  • Root Canal Treatment: If pulp death has occurred because of infection to pulp tissue, then drilling into the tooth, removing the pulp, draining the abscess, and then filling the tooth and covering it with a crown may be necessary.
  • Tooth Extraction: If the tooth cannot be saved, it may need removal. Afterwards, the abscess will be drained.