An abscessed tooth can be a real pain—literally. But you don’t need to suffer. Your dentist can examine the tooth that is bothering you and determine whether or not it is abscessed. Read on to learn what an abscessed tooth is and what can be done about it, including removal.
What is an abscessed tooth?
An abscessed tooth typically comes from a bacterial infection that has built up in the tooth’s soft pulp. The bacteria originate from plaque which, if not properly removed, can cause damage to the tooth and underlying bone.
Types of Abscessed Teeth
There are three types of dental abscess. The type you have will dictate the severity and location of your symptoms. These types are:
- Periapical abscess – Begins in the tooth’s soft pulp and can progress down the root into the bone.
- Gingival abscess – Does not affect the tooth as it is only found in the gum tissue
- Periodontal abscess – Commences in the supporting soft tissue and progresses to structures around the teeth
Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth
The main symptom associated with a dental abscess is pain. The pain is often throbbing and intense. It will typically start suddenly and become more intense over several hours or a few days. Other symptoms you have may include:
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and liquids
- Foul taste in mouth
- Generally not feeling well
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Pain upon tapping on the tooth (or teeth) or when biting
- Swelling around the teeth and face or
- You may have no symptoms at all!
How We Can Help
At Pace Dental, we offer a variety of solutions to help your abscessed tooth depending on your unique circumstance. We understand that dental abscess can be uncomfortable and stressful. It is our goal to make sure you feel safe and to get you pain-free as soon as possible.