An abscessed tooth is an infection caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease or a cracked tooth. These problems can allow bacteria to enter the pulp (the soft tissue of a tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue) and can lead to pulp death. When pus builds up it forms a pus-pocket called an abscess. If the abscess is not treated, it can lead to a serious infection in the jawbone, teeth and surrounding tissues.
Symptoms of an abscess include:
- redness in the gums
- bad taste in the mouth
An abscessed tooth can be treated in a number of ways, depending on the severity of the infection. Here are some of the treatment methods a dentist may consider:
- drainage of the infection
- cleaning the space between the tooth and the gum (if the cause is from gum disease)
- root canal treatment
- extraction of the tooth
Following good oral hygiene practices and seeing your dentist regularly will significantly reduce your risk of developing a tooth abscess.
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