An abscessed tooth occurs when there is an infection between the gum and tooth at the root. It is extremely painful especially if left untreated. If action is not taken, the infection can spread into the bones that support the teeth. It’s fairly obvious that an abscessed tooth is definitely something you want to avoid at all costs!
Here are some tips for Dakota Dental’s family dentists on avoiding, recognizing, and treating an abscessed tooth:
What are the Causes?
- Extreme tooth decay
- A broken tooth or a chipped tooth
- Gingivitis or gum disease
What are the Symptoms?
- Continuous toothaches and shooting, sharp, pain.
- Pain when chewing
- Tooth sensitivity to cold and heat
- Bad taste and bad smell in mouth
How is it Treated?
- The abscess may be drained
- Root canal procedures
- Tooth extraction
- Antibiotics and pain medicine
Of course your best option is to just keep this whole awful abscessed tooth scenario from happening in the first place! The way to do that is by taking great care of your teeth and oral health. That means brushing, flossing, rinsing, and of course being sure to visit your family dentist the very second you think something could be wrong.
The Apple Valley Dentists at Dakota Dental are available to answer all of your questions regarding the health of your teeth. At Dakota Dental, we understand that there is so much more to maintaining healthy teeth than just brushing everyday. We can help with any and all dental services from extreme dental emergencies, to a simple teeth whitening!