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Your dental abscess is often caused by a dental cavity or dental trauma. It affects the deepest parts of your tooth structure. The deterioration of your tooth can extend into the pulp area of your tooth. The abscessed tooth will become more painful and potentially lead to tooth loss if you avoid treatment.
Oral bacteria multiply when you have a dental infection. A dental cavity creates the perfect environment for your infection to do more damage.
A pus pocket that cannot drain is what commonly creates your dental abscess. Timely treatment including a dental filling can prevent the infection from increasing.
Untreated abscesses allow the bacteria to attack your tooth's internal tissue. The damage can spread to your gum tissue and deeper into your bone tissue.
An advanced dental abscess can kill your tooth root. Though your toothache disappears as result of the dead root, keep in mind that your abscess has not healed.
A toothache is the most common symptom that something is wrong with your tooth. Your gums can also appear swollen and red. Many times you will experience a throbbing sensation. This will occur while chewing.
You might also experience swelling in your jaw or face. It's also possible that the infected area will feel warm or feverish. A bad taste can be present in your mouth as well. And bad breath can often signal that you have the beginning of an oral infection.
The presence of any symptoms are reason to schedule with your dentist. The first treatment step will often include a prescribed antibiotic to control the infection. Your pain will diminish once the infection is under control. Eliminating the bacteria prepares the area for treatment.
An abscessed tooth requires more than antibiotics. You could require a root canal to save your tooth depending on the extent of the damage caused by your infected tooth.
Removing the infected tooth pulp and tooth decay will promote healing. A tooth extraction is only necessary if your infection cannot be treated with antibiotics and a dental filling or root canal.
Contact one of our London Ontario & Area offices about your mouth pain, oral infection, or abscessed tooth. Schedule a dental examination to determine the extent of your infection and the necessary treatment required to help you feel like yourself again :)