Tooth Abscess: identification, treatment, and prevention
A tooth abscess is a great discomfort because it can make it difficult for you to manage your daily life. It is very painful, and can even cause some to be unable to eat or even drink. Before you plan to visit your dentist for the treatment, it is better that you completely understand that what a tooth abscess is.
What Is A Tooth Abscess?
The tooth abscess is the formation of the bacterial infection in the root of the teeth. The abscess will commonly form between the teeth and the gums. You will suddenly feel the pain from the formation of tooth abscess. It is commonly caused when the bacteria will enter the tooth cavity and will accumulate there, forming an infection. It will grow with the passage of time. You will feel like the pain has come out of nowhere but you should know that the tooth abscess might have been growing for many years.
Identifying Tooth Abscesses In Your Teeth
Pain is not the only symptom that proves you are suffering from a tooth abscess. The pain that comes from tooth abscess is very intense and strong. But the pain will start slowly as a dull throb and within few days, however, it can quickly increase and become unbearable.
When it is hard for you to ignore the pain in your tooth, it is the clear sign that you might have tooth abscess. There are different types of pains that you will have to deal with like annoying but tolerable, shooting pain, throbbing pain that will bring you to your knees.
There are several other symptoms that you will notice with the pain.
1. Sensitivity to hot or cold
3. General malaise
4. Upper or lower jaw will be swollen
5. Lymph nodes in your neck under the jaw will be swollen
6. Bitter taste and you will feel the food has extra salt
7. Bad breath
8. Draining sore on your gums
9. Biting or chewing will be painful
10. Pain in the bone around the affected tooth
When you visit Dr. Keith Schwartz we can properly examine your tooth to find out the root cause of tooth abscess. We will then be able to suggest the proper treatment according to your conditions. Here are a few of the commonly used treatments:
In this process, the dentist will try to save your tooth. There are special tools that will be used to remove the infection from your tooth.
When the condition of the tooth is extremely bad, root canal is not a feasible option. This is the reason that dentist will have to extract your tooth. It will help in the removal of severe fungus.
After the treatment, the dentist will give you medications to ease the pain and help with the recovery process.
It is better that you prevent your tooth from the formation of tooth abscess. Here are some tips that will help you prevent your tooth.
- Consume a healthy and balanced diet
- Do not ignore your oral health. Visit your dentist twice a year
- Brush your teeth properly and assure that you cover your toothbrush
- Brush your teeth twice daily and floss them properly
- Avoid consuming too many sweets & clean your teeth before going to bed