No one wants to think about the words “abscessed tooth” applying to their own mouth, but to paraphrase Sun Tzu, it’s a good idea to know your enemy. Causes of an abscessed tooth include:
When a tooth is compromised by one or more of these conditions, bacteria may enter the pulp of the tooth and form a buildup of pus called an abscess. Left untreated, a serious infection may result. Some symptoms of an abscessed tooth may include:
- Pain and swelling
- Redness in the gums
- A bad taste in the mouth
There are different methods for the treatment of an abscessed tooth. Dr. David Walker & Dr. Sarah Barr will assess the severity of the infection and may recommend one of the following:
- Antibiotics to kill the infection
- Draining the infection
- Cleaning between tooth and gum
- Root canal treatment
Practicing good oral hygiene and keeping up with routine dental checkups will reduce the likelihood of developing an abscessed tooth. If you want to discuss a troublesome toothache or any other oral health issue with Walker and Barr DMD, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.