A dental abscess is the accumulation of pus in a tooth or surrounding areas of a tooth. Dental abscess is caused by a bacterial infection that leads to a breakdown and inflammation of the tissue in the mouth. The pus is a thick fluid that contains dead tissue bacteria and white blood cells. The infections usually strike individuals with bad dental health practices and those who have inadequate and improper dental care.
A tooth cavity is often a breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria can cause tissue inflammation that can be quite painful. The infection gradually enables pus to form on the infected site causing the pain to become even more severe until the pus ruptures and drains (on its own or through surgical methods).
Dental abscess symptoms include:
Dental Abscess signs include:
If you exhibit dental abscess symptoms you need to consult with a dentist as quickly as possible to avoid pain and complications. The pus is drained by the dentist helping relieve the pain. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics to treat leftover infection.
Periapical abscess may entail a root canal procedure. The root canal procedure is to salvage and restore the diseased inner part of the tooth. This helps prevent the abscess from recurring.
A periodontal abscess will require the dentist to clean the site where the abscess had developed. The dentist will likewise repair the root surfaces of the tooth to enable the gum to close back on the tooth and cause the pocket to disappear. This will help prevent the infection from coming back.
The main reasons for the rise of dental abscesses are tooth decay, gum disease or a combination of the two. They can be prevented by limiting sugary drinks, avoidance of smoking and alcohol, and proper oral hygiene (brushing and flossing).