What is a dental abscess?
A dental abscess forms after an infection has developed and the area becomes filled with fluid. When the fluid is unable to drain, it creates a painful lump to block out the infection. It is always important to be aware of dental infections. If not properly cared for, you put yourself at risk for greater dental complications such as jawbone cysts and even tooth loss.
Formation and Symptoms:
Not properly caring for your teeth daily and not visiting your dentist for regular checkups can result in poor dental health. One way an abscess can form is when sticky and sugary foods can get stuck between your teeth and around your gums. In turn, the buildup of plaque can spark the growth of a cavity. If a cavity goes untreated, the bacteria can spread further around the tooth and can cause an infection. Bacteria can even build up under your tongue and in your throat!
Symptoms that may signal a dental abscess include: pain, swelling, and redness around the infected area. It might also be difficult to chew or opening you mouth all the way. In serious cases, some people experience a fever and have difficulty breathing. If you feel a painful bump or any of these symptoms, please called Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan at 212-587-0202 immediately!
Types of Abscesses:
Two types of abscesses can develop:
- Periodontal Abscess: This type of abscess affects the gum tissue and can be caused by gum disease. The infection usually forms in the middle of the tooth and gum and disrupts the tooth’s roots.
- Periapical Abscess: This type of abscess affects the interior of your tooth. The infection affects the soft center of your tooth, otherwise known as the pulp, and its nerves.
Clearing the Abscess:
Depending on the type of abscess, treatments include root canal therapy, endodonticsurgery, or periodontaltreatment. The dentist will drain and clean the abscess. Once that is complete, the tooth will be filled to prevent further complications. It is imperative to clean the area and prevent the dental abscess from reaching the tooth’s bone. For minor abscesses, antibiotics can drain the fluid. On the other hand, the infected tooth may need to be pulled if the abscess has grown too large.
At Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan, we want all of our patients to maintain healthy teeth. Remember to call us if you feel any discomfort or a bump on your gums. If untreated, the consequences can be serious and last for years.