Getting a dental abscess is a very serious matter. Unlike many minor dental issues, such as minor cavities, chips in the enamel, or small cracks in the teeth, a dental abscess is not something that you can wait to get treatment for. In fact, if it is left without treatment, a dental abscess can cause serious illness and can even be life-threatening.
With this in mind, it is important you know the signs of a dental abscess to watch for. Here are just a few of them. If you think you may be suffering from any type of dental abscess, be sure to contact us right away.
What is a Dental Abscess?
Before talking about the symptoms, you need to know what a dental abscess is. Essentially, it is an infection in a part of your tooth that progresses to the point where you form a pocket of bodily fluids (such as pus) in a part of the tooth.
A dental abscess can be dangerous because of the toxins in the pus. If these elements manage to get into your bloodstream, they can cause problems throughout the body. They can make you sick and even threaten your life.
Symptoms to Look For Keep in mind that a dental abscess is an infection. So, look for classic signs of an infection. If you have a spot on your jaw that is swollen, red, warm to the touch, and or feels like it is throbbing, you may be developing a dental abscess.
Other symptoms include pain that gets worse when you lay down, or pain that seems to radiate through your jaw and even your neck. If you develop a funny or foul taste in your mouth, it may be a sign of an abscess. Persistent bad breath, pain when you bite or chew, and a tooth that is discolored or loose could also indicate this condition.
If you have an abscess, or even think you may be getting one, come see us immediately. We'll be happy to help get you back on your feet again.