What Is A Dental Abscess?
Dental abscess – Are there different types?
- 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?
- 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.
What caused my dental abscess?
- 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?
- 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
- 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.