Tooth Abscess

tooth-abscess-medeguru    Bacterial infection causes a pocket of liquid material (pus) which is known as tooth abscess. It may appear at different parts of the tooth. Periodontal abscess occurs in the gums, near to the tooth. Cavity may sometimes cause abscess without proper care. Injuries that affect the teeth may also cause tooth abscess. Signs and symptoms of tooth abscess may include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Fever
  • Swelling on the face and neck
  • Sensitivity
  • Pain while chewing or biting
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw or in the neck
  • Foul smell if the abscess ruptures

    Bacteria that accumulate in the mouth will enter in the tooth through a dental cavity. This will cause inflammation and swelling on the tip of the tooth root. When this bacteria invades the dental-pulp (the innermost part of the tooth), it contributes to develop tooth abscess. There are certain factors which may increase the risk for developing tooth abscess. It may include:

  • Poor oral habits
  • Tooth decay
  • Improper diet
  • Increased intake of sugar contained food items

      Tooth abscess is a condition that requires immediate care and treatments. It can’t be cured without treatment. The dentist will examine your teeth after analysing the symptoms and signs. After that, he may suggest for certain tests like X-ray. Treatments include:

  • Pulling the affected tooth; if necessary
  • Antibiotics to stop the infection
  • Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

           You will have to follow good oral practices if you need to prevent tooth abscess. Good oral practices include the following:

  • Regular brushing
  • Using fluoride contained toothpastes and mouthwash
  • Regular flossing
  • Visiting the dentist once in every 6 months
  • Maintaining a healthy diet etc.

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