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Monday, December 8, 2008

What is a Tooth Absess?

An abscess of the tooth is an infection; it is a collection of infected material (pus) resulting from a bacterial infection in the center of a tooth (between the gum and a tooth).
It can cause openings in the tooth enamel, which then allows bacteria to infect the center of the tooth, called the pulp. The infection may also spread from the root of the tooth to the bones supporting it.

What Will Happen If My Tooth Abscess Goes Untreated?

If a severe tooth abscess goes untreated it may become large enough to penetrate bone and enter the soft tissue. Once that occurs, it spread to wherever it faces the least amount of resistance where it can develop issues both internally and externally. The projected area of infection is determined by muscle and fascia attachments, the thickness of the bone, and the location of the infected tooth. The infection can potentially spread into vital areas and lead to severe problems if it enters the heart, brain, or blood stream.

What Are The Causes of Tooth Abscess?

  • - Tooth Decay
  • - Broken or chipped tooth
  • - Gum disease

What are the Two Types of Tooth Abscess?

Periapical or root-tip abscess is usually caused by deep decay or an accident. This tooth problem will require either root canal therapy or an extraction.

Lateral abscess develops along the lateral surface of the tooth’s root where the infection comes from outside the tooth instead of from within. A lateral abscess can be gingival or periodontal.

What Are the Symptoms of a Tooth abscess?

  • - Severe Toothache
  • - Bitter taste in the mouth
  • - Breathe odor
  • - General discomfort, uneasiness,
  • - Ill feeling
  • - Fever
  • - Pain when chewing
  • - Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
  • - Swollen glands of the neck
  • - Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw

How Can a Tooth Abscess be Treated?

  • - Antibiotics may be given to fight the infection. Warm salt-water rinses may be soothing.
  • - Do not place aspirin directly over the tooth or gums because this increases irritation of the tissues and can result in mouth ulcers.
  • - A root canal may be recommended in an attempt to save the tooth.
  • - The tooth may be removed or surgery may be needed to drain the abscess
  • - Following good oral hygiene practices can reduce the risk of developing a tooth abscess.
  • - Regular visit to dentist.

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Anonymous Dental Fort Lauderdale said...

This is a very interesting and informative post about our teeth and especially our gums.

December 9, 2009 9:44 AM  

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