What if a General Dentist Does Not Treat an Abscessed Tooth

Posted by Osuna Dental Care Apr 02, 2022

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An infected or inflamed pulp can cause pressure and pain within the tooth and gums, so you must see your dentist immediately if you suspect something is wrong with your teeth. If you ignore the symptoms, the infection will likely spread beyond the roots and into the bone, which can cause severe damage. At Osuna Dental Care, the dentist will perform an exam and use X-rays to determine if there is an infection in the roots. If so, the dentist may recommend removing the tooth to avoid further damage to your mouth and jawbone.

The Symptoms Of An Abscessed Tooth

  • Severe tooth pain that gets worse when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or drinks;
  • Swelling in your face, near your eyes;
  • Tenderness to your tooth;
  • Fever and chills; and
  • Redness and inflammation in your mouth.

The Causes Of An Abscessed Tooth

An abscess is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth or in the space between the gum and the tooth. The condition usually forms when built-up plaque or tartar irritates the gum, causing swelling and allowing bacteria to enter the pocket of tissue surrounding the tooth. When left untreated, the infection can spread to the tooth's root and cause an abscessed tooth.

Root canals are one of the most common treatments for an infected tooth. If caught early, root canals can remove the infected tissue and prevent the spread of infection to the jawbone and surrounding teeth. If the disease has spread too far into the bone, it may be necessary to extract the tooth to stop the pain and prevent the spread of the condition. Antibiotics may also be used to help treat the disease before treatment begins.

Ways To Avoid Abscessed Tooth

Regular Dental Visits

When cavities are caught early, they can be treated with fillings or a crown. At your biannual visit, your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of decay and gum disease. If a tooth is abscessed, it can be excruciating. So, it’s essential to treat any infection as early as possible to avoid the need for an extraction. 

Practice Good Oral Hygiene Habits

The best way to prevent an abscess is to take good care of your teeth, mouth, and gums. By brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, you can reduce your risk of getting an abscessed tooth in the first place. 

An abscessed tooth is a severe condition that requires immediate dental care. For the best dental treatment tailored to your unique needs, visit Osuna Dental Care at 5900 Cubero Dr NE suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87109, or call (505) 884-1989.

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