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How to Avoid Tooth Abscess

Updated on June 30, 2015

Abscess is an Infection

If a cavity is not treated or filled, it will grow bigger and deeper until it touches the nerve. When this happens, germs will get into the tooth's root and start an infection called an abscess.

Swollen Gum

Eventually pus will form at the end of the root inside the bone. When this pus has increased, it exerts great pressure which causes severe pain. This pain is felt all the time and it's even more painful when you relax or you are asleep. The tooth will feel loose and longer. A slight touch or tap will really hurt because there is a sore on the gum where the root ends. With infection and formation of pus, the gum around the tooth will swell and this swelling may extend to the face in the same side of the tooth.

Tooth Abscess is an Infection

Any Organ Can Have Abscess

Not only is the root of a tooth the only site of abscess, but breast, armpit, groin, skin or any organ can also have abscess. Abscess in the root of a tooth can be treated by use of antibiotics. If the abscess is very painful, the dentist may drain the pus which should be able to give some relief from the pain. It is not always true that with abscess, the tooth should be removed. If the infection has not spread too far, the dentist should be able to manage the pus and have the tooth restored to good health without having to remove the tooth.

Anesthetic and Pus

Naturally, when you have a swollen gum with pus, your dentist will have to treat the swelling first. The dentist will only treat or remove the tooth only after the swelling have subsided. This is because anesthetic will not work if there is a swelling. As soon as swelling has subsided then the tooth can safely be removed as anesthetic can work.

Abscess is Treated by Use of Antibiotics

Not only is the root of a tooth the only site of abscess, but breast, armpit, groin, skin or any organ can also have abscess. Abscess in the root of a tooth can be treated by use of antibiotics. If the abscess is very painful, the dentist may drain the pus which should be able to give some relief from the pain. It is not always true that with abscess, the tooth should be removed. If the infection has not spread too far, the dentist should be able to manage the pus and have the tooth restored to good health without having to remove the tooth.

Have Your Teeth Checked Twice a Year

Have your dentist check on your teeth at least twice a year so that cavities are detected and filled early enough to prevent abscess that will cause painful swelling.

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      Gainesville Dentist  6 years ago

      That's a nasty thing to have, a friend was recently in a hospital, he was having a flu, and there he met a guy who didn't treat an abscess in time and the bacteria began to dig into the bone. He had to have plastic surgery.

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      shareitt 7 years ago

      Ouch, look out teeth...you've got some good into here.

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      mariejo 8 years ago

      it's true,and if this happened to you.

      you should go to see a dentest...

      it will make you suffer and make your face swollen and aching.(toothache)