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Emergency Dental Abscess

What Is A Dental Abscess?

A dental abscess, or (abscessed tooth) is a tooth where the inner pulp has been infected by bacteria. This infection creates a pocket of pus that can form in different areas of the tooth structure.
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Dental abscess – Are there different types?

Here are the different types of dental abscesses:

  • Periapical abscess – This occurs at the end of the tooths root.
  • Periodontal abscess – This abscess occurs adjacent to the tooth on the gum.

Who is most at risk of a dental abscess?

People who are at the highest risk are people:
 
  • Who smoke – Smoking and using other tobacco products is a bad idea for the health of your teeth.
  • Who have dry mouth – Saliva helps wash out your mouth, less saliva will prevent this.
  • Have poor dental care – Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash will help clean out bacteria.
  • Have a weakened immune system – A stronger immune section can help defend against infections.
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What caused my dental abscess?

Dental abscesses have a number of reasons as to why they would occur:
 
  • Advanced tooth decay – Decay will break down the enamel on your teeth, causing openings.
  • Broken/chipped/fractured teeth – A broken tooth can allow for bacteria to enter inside.
  • Gum disease (periodontitis) – The infection will attack deeper parts of the gum tissue.

What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?

Dental abscesses have a number of symptoms that may show up:
 
  • Pain – If you are experiencing pain in or around tooth it may be an abscess.
  • Tooth sensitivity – Hot or cold temperatures will cause you moderate to severe discomfort.
  • Foul-smelling breath/or a bitter taste – You may experience unexplained bad tastes and odors.
  • Gum redness & swelling – The infection will result in these superficial afflictions.
  • Loose tooth or teeth – The swelling may cause your gums or jaw bone to move, resulting in loose teeth.
  • Sore on gum – A visible sore may be seen on the gum itself, this sore be drain fluid also.

Abscessed Tooth – Complications

If an dental abscessed is left untreated, the following may occur:
 
  • Fistula – A hollow space in the bone and skin.
  • Cysts – A fluid filled bubble on the jaw.
  • Sepsis – A defensive action from your body in response to the infection.

Frequently Asked Questions - Absecessed Tooth

See a general dentist immediately.

You should avoid the following:

  • Hard foods
  • Chewy foods
  • Sugary foods like candy
  • Food or drinks that are overly hot, or cold.

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