An abscessed tooth isn’t a very fun topic to talk about, but it is necessary. Many people will experience an abscess in their life as well as the pain that often comes with it. At our dental office in Chapel Hill, we’re here to share some important information about tooth abscess, so you’re able to recognize the signs and get treatment quickly.
A tooth abscess is a painful collection of pus that’s brought on by a deep tooth infection that has spread into the tooth’s root and even the bone. If treatment is not sought early, the infection can lead to serious problems and perhaps require a tooth extraction.
Tooth pain is a common sign of an abscess. Other signs and symptoms of an abscess include:
It’s worth noting that, occasionally, an abscess won’t show any symptoms at all. When this happens, your dentist in Chapel Hill is usually the one to diagnose an abscess at one of your dental checkups through the use of a dental x-ray.
Often untreated decay is the main cause of an abscess. But there are other things can lead to a painful abscess, including an injury to the mouth, certain dental treatments (such as a root canal), crown, or filling, or from clenching or grinding.
There are several things that can increase your risk of getting an abscess including:
All of these factors increase your risk of decay, and in turn an abscessed tooth.
Since many abscesses are caused by untreated decay, the best thing you can do to prevent an abscess is to follow a good oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing every day. It’s also recommended that you visit our dental office in Chapel Hill at least twice a year for preventative care, professional dental cleanings, and x-rays.
If it’s been longer than six months since your last dental appointment or you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with us today.