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Published: February 9, 2017

The Dangers of a Tooth Abscess

The Dangers of a Tooth Abscess

Today we’re going to talk about what happens when a tooth is abscessed, what needs to be done about it, and how you can prevent it. This topic has been hot lately with the tragic story of the 26 year old father from California who passed away when a tooth abscess led to an infection that spread throughout his body.

What is a Tooth Abscess?

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that develops at the apex of tooth due to bacterial infection. Typically untreated dental decay or injuries to the tooth may cause the nerve of tooth to die and become inflamed. A tooth abscess may or may not be painful. A tooth abscess will not heal by itself and it is important to get it treated as soon as possible.

Signs and Symptoms of a Tooth Abscess:

Typically a tooth that is abscessed may be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures or cause pain that radiates throughout the entire jaw. Abscessed teeth may give increased sensitivity to pressure and touch due to the swelling around the bottom of the tooth. Swelling of the face and lymph nodes in the head and neck area may be seen and fever may be present. If the abscess is able to drain, a bad taste will periodically be present.

Treatment of a Tooth Abscess:

Typically, a tooth abscess is treated by removing the source of infection and draining the pus. If the tooth can be saved, root canal therapy will be recommended to remove all of the necrotic tissues out of the inside of the tooth, removing the source of infection. If the tooth cannot be saved or the patient does not wish to have a root canal, the tooth needs to be removed.

What Happens if I Don’t Treat the Abscess?

An untreated tooth abscess can result in very dangerous and expensive consequences. If left untreated, the infection may spread to the jaw, neck, brain, and blood. These complications can result in extended hospital stays, surgeries, and even death. Even if you’ve had a round of antibiotics, it will not fully resolve a tooth abscess. Please call us at 317-535-7141 if you are having a toothache or suspect a tooth abscess so that we can help you address it before it results in serious complications.

How Can a Tooth Abscess Be Prevented?

The solution to preventing a tooth abscess is simple: take care of your teeth! Schedule your dental cleanings and check-ups. It is also important to be brushing at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing once a day, and rinsing with mouth rinse. Try to avoid or limit sugar. Sugar is the fuel that allows the bacteria in your mouth to cause cavities, which if left untreated, can lead to abscess of the tooth.

Thank You for Reading Our Blog!

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 317-535-7141 if you suspect that you have an abscessed tooth. Thank you again for taking the time to read our blog! Have a great day!

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