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Symptoms of a Dental Abscess and What Steps to Take


Posted on 2/29/2020 by Jared Pell, DDS
Symptoms of a Dental Abscess and What Steps to TakeThere is no pain quite like tooth pain. When your tooth hurts, it can affect your entire life. Your mouth is on fire. Your head is aching.

You may have ear pain. There is no minimizing the pain, especially if your tooth is infected. If the pain is extreme, you may have a dental abscess. If you're not sure what a dental abscess is, we have some information for you.

What Is A Dental Abscess?


A dental abscess is a cavity gone bad. Horribly wrong. When a cavity forms, it began when bacteria eat a hole in your tooth enamel. Over time, the hole caused by the bacteria grows bigger and deeper. The infection makes its way into the pulp of the tooth, which causes a larger infection. When the infection becomes severe, it spreads to the root of the tooth, and forms a pocket of pus, which is called an abscess.

What Are The Signs of an Abscess?


There are several signs of an abscess. One of the first signs is a severe, throbbing toothache that never goes away. You may not be able to eat. You also may not be able to drink anything that is too hot or too cold. Your face may be swollen, and your glands are swollen as well.

Dental Treatment


To treat an abscess, we have to open up the abscess and drain it. We may also have to do a root canal on the tooth in order to save it. We would make an incision by the abscess to drain it. We will also make an incision in the crown of your tooth.

We clean out the infection and fill the pulp of your tooth with composite. We then crown the tooth to preserve it. We pack the infection with antibiotics in some cases. We then close the incision. If you are in incredible pain from an abscess, give us a call today.
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