Dental abscesses are the result of a bacterial infection inside of your mouth. This infection causes pus to build up inside the teeth, gums or jaw bone, and can be very painful to experience.
There are different types of dental abscesses too; an abscess at the end of the tooth is known as a periapical abscess, whilst abscesses found in the gums are known as periodontal abscesses. In this article, we will look at what you should do if you think you have a dental abscess, the damage they can cause, and how to prevent them from occurring.
Do I have a dental abscess?
If you have a dental abscess, there will be some obvious symptom’s appearing, such as:
- Tender or loose teeth.
- Throbbing pain in the tooth or gums in the affected region.
- Red and tender gum.
- Sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food and drinks.
- Bad breath/ lingering bad taste in your mouth.
- Pain spreading across the ear and jaw bone.
If you are suffering with any of these symptoms, it is very important to see a dentist. If the infection spreads, this can lead to further complications, such as a high fever, and even difficulty breathing and swallowing.
How to prevent dental abscesses
Dental abscesses occur from a mixture of contributing factors: Poor oral hygiene, sugary food and drinks and underlying health conditions. A build up of plaque on your teeth can damage your teeth and gums, leading to gum disease and eventually dental abscesses if left untreated.
To prevent dental abscesses from occurring you should:
- Make sure you are flossing at least once a day, so you are getting in between the hard to reach places in your mouth.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride tooth paste.
- Cut down or limit your daily intake of sugary foods and drinks.
- Avoid sugary snacks between meals and before going to bed.
- Make regular dental appointments to make sure your teeth are healthy, and to be aware of any problems with your teeth.
Treatments available for dental abscesses
Treating dental abscesses involves removing the source of the infection, as well as removing the puss.
Root canal treatment is a common procedure for dental abscesses, involving the removal of the abscess from the root of the tooth, and then filling it.
Another option could be tooth extraction, but removing the tooth will only be considered if root canal surgery isn’t possible.
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