Tooth Abscess occurs when there is a gathering of pus caused by an infection which is bacterial in nature in the part of the inner tooth. These abscesses normally occur because of a dental cavity which goes untreated, or there is a chip or crack in the tooth which lets bacteria into the inner area of the tooth.
An abscess in the tooth normally occurs when bacteria assaults the soft, innermost part of the tooth known as the dental pulp where the blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves are located.
The infections spread all the way to the root and cause inflammation and swelling. Because the space is so tight that this inflammation and swelling forces pus into a pocket at the tip of the root.
Tooth abscess treatment entails draining the abscess and eradication of the infection in the effected area. The tooth can itself be saved usually with a treatment known as a root canal but there are many instances where it is necessary to be pulled. An abscess in a tooth which is left untreated will lead to severe, as well as life-threatening difficulties.
Abscess in the teeth can be prevented by proper dental hygiene, regular dental checkups as well as eating a diet which is healthy.
Symptoms and signs of an abscess of the tooth include:
- Sensitivity to cold and hot temperature
- Severe, throbbing toothache which is persistent.
- Sensitivity to the pressure of biting or chewing.
- Swelling in cheek or face.
- Sudden rush of foul-tasting as well as foul-smelling in the mouth and pain stopping when the abscess ruptures.
- Tender and swollen lymph nodes in neck or under jaw.
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