An abscessed tooth is an extremely painful infection that can occur in a patient’s mouth. It can be caused by tooth decay if left untreated and reaches the dental pulp, which resides inside the enamel of a tooth. This area can become infected and swell up, causing an abscess to form. This abscess can be extremely painful and will require professional help to resolve.
Other than the excruciating pain that a patient may feel when an abscess is affecting their tooth, patients may also have the following symptoms:
- a fever
- hot and cold sensitivities
- redness and inflammation on the gums
- swollen jaw and upper neck problems
- bad breath
- bitterness in the mouth
When these problems occur, along with increasing pain, it is time to see a dental professional to address the problem.
In order to clear an abscessed tooth, dentists may need to perform a root canal. Root canal therapy will require the dentist to remove the inner portions of the tooth (dental pulp) in order to reach the infection and help drain the abscess. Antibiotics may be prescribed as well to ensure that a further infection doesn’t occur and that the issue is fully addressed before the patient leaves the dentist’s chair.
If an abscessed tooth goes untreated, it can cause major damage and serious health issues for patients. The bone and tissue surrounding the tooth may continue to become infected, and result in destruction of the gum tissue around the area. An infection in the mouth can also spread throughout the body and compromise your overall health and well-being, which is why it is so important to take care of your oral health.
Taking care of your oral health is important, as is addressing infections and problems such as abscessed teeth. As soon as you experience extreme pain in your mouth, it is essential that you find out the cause and treat it. Dr. Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry can help diagnose patients with dental problems and find them the right solution to get them out of pain and discomfort as soon as possible. Call Mouth Carolina today to learn more about emergency dental care and treatments.Back to Dental Library Page