Warning Signs You Have an Infected Abscess We Need to Treat
Posted on 8/15/2018 by ARCHPOINT
If you have been having tooth pain for more than a few weeks, we need to treat you before the problem gets worse.
Many people avoid the dentist office at all costs due to fear or monetary concerns, however, if you leave dental issues untreated, they can lead to costlier procedures.
What is a Tooth Abscess?
A tooth abscess is an infection that causes intense pain and is a leading cause for emergency dental visits. An abscess occurs when a pocket of pus accumulates around the pulp or the part of the tooth that contains the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that keeps your teeth in place.
Since the pus pocket puts pressure on the nerves, you will feel a shooting pain that needs to be treated as soon as possible. Anytime there is a pain in an area of your mouth, you should come and let us evaluate the problem. We can usually treat you quickly and painlessly, so you can go back to your normal activities.
Symptoms of a Tooth Abscess
Sharp, shooting, or severe tooth pain that doesn't go away,
Pain while chewing,
Redness or swelling of the gums,
Swelling of the jaw,
Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods,
An abscessed tooth needs to be treated immediately to prevent the infection from going into other areas of the mouth. The first thing we will do is numb you and drain the site from the pus that is causing the infection. You may need antibiotic treatment if the infection is serious and numbing is not possible.
We can also perform a root canal on the infected tooth to help with draining. Once the infection is healed, a crown is added to protect the tooth. In extreme cases, you may need to have the tooth extracted. Please call us immediately if you see any warning signs you have an infected abscess we need to treat.