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What is a Tooth Abscess?

what is a tooth abscessAn abscess is a serious, potentially dangerous infection that occurs in or near a tooth’s root. It is often extremely painful, but some people experience no noticeable symptoms. An abscess develops when the soft tissues inside the tooth die. Bacteria begin to flourish inside the tooth.

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:

• Increased sensitivity that worsens when pressure is applied
• Pain when chewing
• Swelling or a hard knot in the gums
• Deep aching pain in the bone around the tooth
• Throbbing pain that may worsen at night

If you suspect that you have an abscess, give us a call as soon as possible. Leaving the tooth untreated can result in the loss of a tooth. The damage can extend beyond the tooth and into the jaw. This infection must be addressed quickly to save the tooth.

We can perform a specialized treatment called a root canal or endodontic therapy on abscessed teeth. Endodontic therapy removes the diseased or dead tissues, cleans the infection, and seals the space so that the tooth can remain in place, healthy, and functional as long as you need it. This process is usually able to be completed in a single appointment. A permanent filling or dental crown will generally be placed at a later appointment. This completes the restoration process and gives you a strong tooth that can give you years of service. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment.

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