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Understanding Your Abscessed Tooth


An abscessed tooth can be an extremely painful problem. It’s caused by bacterial infection at the root of a tooth or between the gums and teeth. It’s usually related to severe tooth decay, but trauma and gum disease can also be causes or contributing factors. Advanced abscesses involve infection of the tooth’s inner pulp. In severe cases, the infection can spread to the bone supporting the tooth.

How to Know if You may Have an Abscessed Tooth

The following symptoms can indicate a tooth abscess:

  • Fever
  • Swelling in upper or lower jaw
  • An open sore on the gums
  • Drainage from a gum sore
  • Tooth pain that may be sharp, gnawing, shooting, or throbbing in nature
  • Pain when chewing
  • Bitter taste
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods
  • Red, swollen gums or gum tenderness
  • Swollen lymph glands in the neck

Abscessed Tooth: Diagnosis and Treatment

Your dentist can diagnose an abscessed tooth during an exam. In addition to visible symptoms such as swelling, redness, and erosion around the bone, evidence found on X-rays can confirm the presence of infection. The goal of treatment is to eliminate the infection, save the tooth, and prevent serious complications. A variety of treatments are used to drain the abscess, control infection, and relieve painful symptoms, including:

  • Drainage of the abscess through root canal therapy or through an incision in the gum tissue
  • Root surgery to remove diseased tissue after the infection has healed
  • Tooth extraction
  • Pain relief through laser therapy
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Salt water rinses

Is it possible to prevent an Abscessed Tooth?

While there is no way to guarantee that you will never develop an abscessed tooth, getting regular professional dental care and following good oral hygiene practices can reduce your risk. If you experience tooth pain, gum swelling, sensitivity, or other symptoms, see your affordable dentist in Atlanta promptly.

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