A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that forms as a result of an infection.
If you are suffering from severe toothache, you may have an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is an accumulation of pus that can form in a tooth as the result of an infection. Most dental abscesses cause pain and discomfort in and around the affected tooth, and in some cases, can even affect the ear and neck. Read on to find out more about the issue, and what you can do about it…
What types of abscesses are there?
When it comes to dental abscesses, the three most common types include gingival abscess, periodontal abscess and periapical abscess. A gingival abscess refers to an abscess on the gums, while a periapical abscess develops at the tip of the tooth root. A periodontal abscess, on the other hand, is an abscess that develops on the gum next to the tooth root — this type of abscess can also extend into the nearby bone and tissue.
What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?
Most people who suffer from an abscessed tooth experience a throbbing type of pain near the affected tooth, as well as in the gums surrounding the affected area. In most cases, the pain caused by an abscess worsens over time.
Besides tooth pain, an abscessed tooth may also cause pain in the neck, jaw and ear. You may experience pain when biting and chewing, as well as swelling in the face and/or gums. Other possible symptoms include bad breath, tooth sensitivity, discolouration of the affected tooth, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and fever.
What causes an abscessed tooth?
A dental abscess occurs as a result of a bacterial infection. In the case of a periapical abscess, the infection affects the pulp of the tooth, often as a result of an untreated cavity. A periodontal abscess is often caused by gum disease, while a gingival abscess can occur when a foreign item, such as a hard piece of popcorn, gets stuck in the gums for an extended time..
What are the treatment options?
One of the most common treatments for a dental abscess that is located in the pulp of the tooth is a root canal procedure. During the procedure, your dentist will drill into the affected tooth and remove any infected pulp. The area will then be cleaned and sealed with a filling. In some cases, a crown may be used to strengthen the repaired tooth.
In cases where an abscessed tooth is severely damaged and cannot be repaired, your dentist may recommend an extraction. In this case, you may be a candidate for a dental implant, which can replace your missing tooth and restore full oral function.
How can we help?
At Oracare, we offer a number of treatment options for an abscessed tooth. We provide root canal treatment for patients who are suffering from an infection in the tooth pulp and who are suffering from persistent toothache. Although the treatment has a reputation for being painful, this is actually not the case. In fact, undergoing root canal treatment helps to alleviate discomfort and can improve one’s oral health considerably. If you would like to find out more about root canal treatment at Oracare and what the process involves, please have a look here.
In cases where an extraction is considered the best course of action, we can help by providing dental implant surgery to replace the missing tooth. Dental implants are made from strong and durable materials and help to restore both oral function and aesthetics. If you would like to find out more about dental implants, and what the treatment involves, please have a look here. If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here or give us a call on (07) 3286 6914. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice in Cleveland.