Abscessed teeth are the pockets of pus forming in different parts of your teeth. The condition occurs because of a bacterial infection. It may lead to moderate to severe pain, which may further spread to your neck and ear. If left untreated, abscessed teeth may turn into a life-threatening condition. We urge you to schedule an appointment at our clinic as soon as you experience its symptoms.
What are the Symptoms of Abscessed Teeth?
- Throbbing pain near your teeth or gums, which may worsen over time.
- Pain spreads to the other organs of the body like your jaw, neck, or ear.
- Difficulty and pain chewing or biting food
- Swollen gums
- Sensitivity in teeth
- Loose or discolored teeth
- Foul taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
- High fever
- Swollen or tender lymph nodes.
What are the Types of Abscessed Teeth?
- A periapical abscess is caused on the tip of the root of your teeth.
- The periodontal abscess is caused by the gum next to the root of your teeth. It may also spread to the surrounding bone and tissues.
- A gingival abscess is caused on the gums.
What are the Causes of Abscessed Teeth?
The primary cause of this problem is the accumulation of bacteria near your gums and teeth. Depending on the type, abscessed teeth may also occur because of other causes. When the bacteria enter the pulp within your cavity, it causes a periapical abscess. Similarly, gum disease also leads to this condition. Sometimes, the obstruction of the foreign body may also get embedded in your gums, thus causing severe pain and discomfort.
How are Abscessed Teeth Treated?
When you visit our clinic for treatment, we start by cleaning the infection and relieving you of the pain. We may also take your dental X-ray to examine the severity of the infection.
- We will make a small incision into your teeth to drain the pus, followed by cleaning the area using a saline solution.
- If the infection is severe, we will perform root canal surgery. We will remove the infected pulp, seal the pulp chamber, and cover the infection with a dental filling or crown.
- If the infection has spread beyond the area and weakened your immune system, we may prescribe you antibiotics to clear the infection.
- If your condition occurs because of a foreign object in your gums, we will remove it and finish cleaning the infected area with a saline solution.
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