A dental abscess or a tooth abscess is a collection of pus that can form inside the teeth, in the gums, or in the bone that holds the teeth in place.
The abscess usually comes from a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. Bacteria exist in plaque. If the plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria may spread inside the soft tissue of the tooth or gums. This will result in an abscess, which is a collection of pus that is a mixture of dead white blood cells, tissue debris and bacteria.
There are two types of abscesses.
Symptoms of a dental abscess
Home care in order to relieve pain
People who experience symptoms that may indicate a dental abscess should see a dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will treat your abscess with a root canal procedure or a surgery. This involves removing the bacteria, cleaning, shaping and filing the root canals, and sealing the empty space. After that he will put a crown on the remaining tooth. If the root canal treatment is not an option, an extraction may be the only solution.
Your dentist ay also recommend some antibiotics to fight the infection and also pain relievers.
As a conclusion, dental abscesses must be treated because the infection can last for a long period of time. It will not go away on its own. The infection may spread to the other parts of body. This is why you should contact your dentist as soon as you may experience the symptoms of an abscess. Call today Dr. Arhiri to make an appointment.