How to Prevent a Tooth Abscess

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A tooth abscess occurs when a pocket of pus that is caused by bacteria forms underneath a tooth and a tooth’s root or in the gums. The type of abscess it is depends on the location of the abscess.

There are three common types of tooth abscesses. A periapical abscess is located directly underneath the tooth’s root, a periodontal abscess is located next to the tooth on the gums and a gingival abscess is located on the gums. Treatment options differ depending on the type and severity of the abscess.

What causes tooth abscesses in the first place?

Different types of tooth abscesses have a variety of causes. Typically an abscess is the result of bacteria entering the tooth pulp through a cavity, gum disease, injury or a foreign body that becomes embedded in the gums. Visiting a dentist as soon as possible is vital to ensure no more damage is done and the tooth can be saved.

What are the signs of an abscessed tooth?

The signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess can vary. However, some typical signs include:

  •  •Very severe pain that can be described as “throbbing” and can sometimes radiate down to the neck, ear and jawbone
  •  •Sudden tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages that typically never caused trouble in the past
  •  •The tooth is extra sensitive when more pressure is added, especially from biting or chewing normal food that would usually never cause any pain or discomfort
  •  •A fever when no other sickness is present
  •  •Swelling in a persons face and cheek
  •  •A sudden presence of a foul-smelling and salty tasting fluid that does not go away after drinking fluids

How is a tooth abscess treated?

A dentist treats abscesses by going in and draining the bacteria-filled pus from inside the gum or underneath the tooth root. Typically, the tooth can then be saved by performing a root canal treatment and securing a crown on the tooth. However, visiting the dentist as soon as you believe you have an abscess is imperative to be able to save the tooth. If a person waits too long, they may have to opt for removing the tooth and looking into tooth replacement options instead.

Best way to prevent an abscess

The best way to prevent an abscess from forming is to keep a good daily oral hygiene routine including brushing the teeth twice per day and flossing. More important is that a person has their twice per year dental exam and cleaning to give the dentist a chance to see any trouble spots.

Have more questions about tooth abscesses?

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