What is an Abscess?
by: Dental Assistant Team
"Ouch!!!" is the first thing that comes to mind. It is quite painful and anyone who has ever had an abscess will tell you, it is painful and it is a pain...
The pain from an abscess can be very intense. It usually causes swelling of the tissue and can also reach the lymph glands, causing migraines, and what most describe as unbearable pain.
An abscess can be painless if the root of the tooth is dead or has had a root canal. But it is a bad infection which usually occurs because a tooth has advanced active decay. Even if a tooth has had a root canal it is not uncommon to have nerve sensitivity. This is usually the case when the root of a tooth was not fully removed due to difficult access, or at the time of the procedure an extra nerve was not discovered.
An abscess can occur if a tooth is fractured, or if a patient suffers from gum disease. If the abscess is too advanced, the tooth can be compromised and might need to be pulled.
When diagnosed on time, a root canal will be advised. Sometimes there will be a need for antibiotics to be prescribed. It can take a few visits to complete a root canal if the endodontist deals with a lot of infection, draining the abscess along with an antibiotic treatment.
After the root canal is finished your restorative dentist will need to prepare the tooth for a crown because the tooth will be weakened.
When left untreated, an abscess can lead to major health complications. So it is best to come regularly to have a professional check up and cleaning, along with your yearly x-rays.
Prevention is the best way to protect yourself and help evaluate any suspicious symptoms.
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Article date: Oct. 31 2013
Type: Dental Exam
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County