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Tooth Abscess

Tooth abscess is aggregation of pus around or beneath tissues surrounding a tooth. An abscess forms due to a bacterial infection or gum disease which causes the bone surrounding the tooth to dissolve and form an abscess Abscessed tooth are quite painful and the pain is generally a shooting or throbbing type and can especially be felt while biting or chewing.

Causes of Tooth Abscess?

A bacterial infection is initial stage of tooth abscess formation. The bacteria invade the tooth resulting in pus formation and when this pus has no way out , it results in a tooth abscess.
Commonly, conditions that causes bacterial infection are:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Break or crack in a tooth that allows bacteria to invade the pulp of the tooth

It is also found that food or other foreign particles getting trapped between the gums and tooth may also cause bacterial infection leading to tooth abscess.

Treatment for Tooth Abscess

Treating a tooth abscess requires multiple steps. The first step is the treatment of the actual abscess and then treating the cause of the abscess so that it does not reoccur. An endodontist specializes in endodontic procedures which include treatment of a tooth abscess. The Tooth abscess treatment generally requires more than one visit to the dentist.

The first priority is to eliminate the infection itself which first requires drainage of the abscess. Root Canal Treatment may be required to drain the abscess. In advanced cases, Root canal surgery may be suggested. The dentist will prescribe an antibiotic course to treat the infection before commencing any dental procedure.

Prevention of Tooth Abscess

Taking good care of your teeth often goes a long way in preventing a tooth abscess. Tooth abscess is often due to tooth decay and gum disease which can be prevented by proper oral hygiene.

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