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Tooth Abscess

Tooth Abscess Symptom’s and Treatments

A tooth abscess occurs when bacteria enter the spaces around the tooth and cause pus. This condition mostly affects the tip of the tooth’s root (periapical abscess), but the abscess may also affect the gums beside the tooth’s root (periodontal abscess).

Periapical abscess mostly results from an untreated cavity, tooth injury or previous dental work. If you have an abscess, your treatment at Thousand Smiles may involve draining the pus and removing the infection.

Periapical abscess mostly results from an untreated cavity, tooth injury or previous dental work. If you have an abscess, your treatment at Thousand Smiles may involve draining the pus and removing the infection.

Symptoms of tooth abscess

  • Fever
  • Swollen check or face
  • Sensitivity to cold and hot substances
  • Intense, throbbing and continuous toothache that spread to the ear, jawbone and neck
  • Sensitivity to chewing and biting pressure
  • Swallowing and breathing difficulty
  • A sudden release of salty fluid in the bad that smells and tastes bad, then alleviated pain if the abscess ruptures
  • Enlarges and sore lymph nodes under the jaw and in the neck

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When should I get medical care?

Ensure you visit the dentist immediately after you begin to experience the symptoms of an abscess. You can visit the emergency room or your dentist if you have a fever, breathing or swallowing difficulty and a swollen face. This may result from a disease from other parts of the body.

What causes tooth abscesses?

A periapical abscess occurs when bacteria enter the core of the tooth containing the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues (pulp). The bacteria may enter the tooth through a crack or chip in the dental cavity, and it can spread to the tooth root. An inflamed and swollen root top may result from the infection.

What are the risk factors?

Poor oral hygiene

If you don’t floss and brush your teeth regularly, you can develop tooth decay, abscess, gum disease and other oral complications.

High intake of sugary foods

Excessive intake of sugary foods and drinks can cause tooth abscesses and cavities.

Dry mouth

Regardless of the cause of the dry mouth, such as a side effect of certain medications or age, it increases your risk of tooth decay.

Complications

The tooth abscess doesn’t clear without treatment. Usually, ruptured access causes less pain, but you still need oral care. The infection may spread to the head and neck if the abscess isn’t drained. Over time, sepsis, a life-threatening infection, may occur.

Untreated tooth abscesses and an impaired immune system increase your risk of the infection spreading.

Prevention

You can reduce your risk of a tooth abscess and stop tooth decay by the following.

  • Drink water containing fluoride
  • Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day
  • Clean between your teeth every day with an interdental brush
  • Eat healthy foods, avoid snacking between meals and eating sugary foods
  • Get regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning

Diagnosing tooth abscess

The dentist will examine your teeth and the surrounding areas. Our dentist may also:

  • Perform a dental x-ray – to check if the abscess or infection has spread
  • Tap on the tooth – to check if the tooth is sensitive to pressure
  • Perform a CT scan – to check if the infection has progressed to the neck

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Treatment for tooth abscess

Your dentist may perform the following procedures to remove the infection.

Incise and drain the abscess

Your dentist will make a small cut into the abscess and drain it, then wash the area with saltwater.

Root canal

This procedure helps to save the tooth and remove the infection.

Tooth extraction

After pulling out the infected tooth, the dentist will drain the abscess and treat the infection.

Antibiotics

Taking antibiotics will prevent the spread of the infection to other body parts and strengthen your immune system.

Antibiotics

  • Take OTC pain medications
  • Use warm, saltwater to rinse your mouth

Preparing for your appointment

The following are things to do while preparing for your appointment

  • List your symptoms, including those that aren’t related to the tooth discomfort
  • List all your medication
  • Write down the question to ask the dentist, such as the causes of your symptoms, the necessary tests and treatments

We will also ask several questions about your symptoms and if you’ve had teeth trauma.

If you experience any symptoms of a tooth abscess or suspect an infection in your mouth, visit Thousand Smiles or call us on 020 8050 0280 to book an appointment with our dentist.

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