How Serious Is A Tooth Abscess?

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How serious is a tooth abscess? All infections can become serious, and a tooth abscess is one such infection inside your teeth roots and gums which can quickly spread to other areas. Don’t delay in getting treatment. Let’s find out why.

Facts About A Tooth Abscess

An abscess is a serious dental emergency and a bacterial infection which produces pus. Let’s be clear; a tooth abscess will not go away on its own. Even if it drains, you still must be treated by Dr. Robinette.

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There are three types:

  1. A periapical abscess allows bacteria to enter the pulp through a cavity.
  2. A periodontal abscess results from gum disease or can also occur due to injury.
  3. A gingival abscess occurs when a foreign body gets embedded in your gums, like a single bristle from a toothbrush.

In general, an abscess is caused by the following:

  • Tooth decay or damage from a chipped tooth that gets infected
  • Worn down enamel allowing bacteria to enter the tooth
  • An untreated cavity
  • Untreated periodontal gum disease which results in periodontitis

In the most serious of cases, the infection will spread from the root of the tooth to bones in the jaw leading to tooth loss or it will allow the infection to spread throughout the body.

Signs Of An Tooth Abscess

With a tooth abscess you will experience pain that radiates to your ear, jaw, or neck, swollen red gums, sensitivity, bad breath, foul taste, tender or swollen lymph nodes, and fever. The pain will get worse when you lie down, chew, or bite.

If you have trouble breathing or swallowing, the infection may have spread. Go to an emergency room. If you have a weakened immune system, the risk increases.

Treatment Options

Dr. Robinette in Hickory, NC will examine the abscess and recommend possible treatments.

  • Draining the abscess via a small incision
  • Prescribing antibiotics to reduce the infection
  • Performing a root canal
  • Extracting the tooth
  • Hospitalization if other treatments have not worked

Schedule an Appointment for Tooth Abscess Treatment in Hickory, NC

By now you should understand that a tooth abscess is quite serious, and you should not delay in seeking treatment. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day, replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, eating and drinking healthy foods, reducing sugary snacks and drinks, and visiting Dr. Robinette on a regular basis will all help to prevent a tooth abscess. Contact Dr. Robinette at 828-267-0651 immediately if you have any of the signs of a tooth abscess.