Should You Obsess About An Abscess?

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If you are the kind of person who typically procrastinates about a multitude of issues (and you know who you are), you may put off doing things until the last minute, until the due date, or until somebody or something forces you to take action.

However, one thing you should never procrastinate about is a swollen painful tooth.  So yes, focus and obsess about that painful tooth, and do something about it. Here’s why.

An Abscess Is An Infection

An abscess is a “pocket” of pus that gathers due to a bacterial infection in the tooth. It stems from an untreated cavity or decay, an injury like a cracked tooth, or even prior dental work. It can appear at different parts of the tooth like the tip of the tooth’s root or in the gums around the tooth.

An abscess will not go away on its own, so it is essential to seek care as soon as possible.

Symptoms Of An Abscess

dental visit in hickory, ncIt is fairly easy to recognize if you have an abscessed tooth. The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Severe and throbbing pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Pain when chewing
  • Swelling of the face or cheek
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the jaw and neck

Once you suspect an abscess, see your dentist immediately. Most people recognize that any infection is not something to trifle with regardless where the infection occurs. An abscessed tooth is especially dangerous, so it’s not the time to procrastinate.

Treatment Of An Abscess in Hickory, NC

Your dental professional will drain the abscess to eliminate the infection and most likely will prescribe an antibiotic. If caught early enough,  this treatment may be viable. A root canal may be necessary to save the tooth, or if the infection is too advanced the tooth may need to be extracted.

As stated previously, a prompt visit to your dentist is the best way to treat the infection and save the tooth.

Complications Of An Untreated Abscess

Our body has a natural defense mechanism to fight off infections, but it can become overwhelmed by bacteria. If left untreated, the infection can spread and eventually settle in surrounding tissues or in  any organ in our body leading to a life-threatening situation.

Persons with a compromised immune system should be especially careful about any infections. Seek immediate care from an emergency room should you experience symptoms of an abscess and in addition trouble breathing or difficulty swallowing.

Protect Yourself

Deal with dental issues even before problems begin. Visit the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss consistently.

Contact Dr. J.D. Robinette at (828) 267-0651 immediately if you suspect you are suffering from an abscessed tooth.