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What Is an Abscessed Tooth?

An abscessed tooth occurs when a bacterial infection creates a pocket of pus around the tooth. Causes range from untreated cavities, gum disease and/or damage to the tooth. Abscesses affect not only the tooth but also the adjacent teeth and bone surrounding it. It can be very painful and if left untreated it can spread and cause various other health issues.

If you have throbbing pain when you chew, red and swollen gums, a bad salty taste in your mouth, a swollen face or jaw, sensitivity to hot or cold foods or the area around your tooth is painful when touched or has blood or pus its best to contact your local Calgary dentist as these are the most common symptoms associated with tooth abscesses.

Types of Dental Abscesses

Abscesses can occur in a variety of places around the tooth for a variety of reasons. There are three types of tooth infections that can cause a dental abscess.

  • Periapical abscess: This abscess occurs when bacteria invade the dental pulp at the root of your tooth.
  • Periodontal abscess:This occurs when you have serious gum disease. A periodontal abscess creates a pocket of pus in the gum near the root of the tooth.
  • Gingival abscess: This abscess occurs in the gum tissue. It often forms in the space between the tooth and the gum.

How to Prevent an Absence

Tooth abscesses typically start out as tooth decay. The best way to avoid a tooth abscess is to incorporate simple but effective techniques in your everyday life. Our Calgary dentist has curated a list of tips on how to prevent dental abscesses from forming.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. Our Chinook Mall Family Dental experts recommend brushing for at least two minutes.
  • Food particles can often get stuck between your teeth, bacteria in your mouth will feed on these left-over food particles causing tooth decay. Flossing every day can help remove stubborn hard-to-reach food particles everyday brushing can miss.
  • Eat healthily and avoid too many sugary foods and drinks. When sugar molecules are combined with saliva and bacteria, plaque forms. If the plaque is left on your teeth, it can dissolve enamel, which leads to cavities and tooth decay.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings with your local Calgary dentist. The experts at Chinook Mall Family Dental know the signs to look out for and detect problems before issues become more serious.

How to Treat an Absence

If you suspect you have a tooth abscess you need to see your dentist right away. If an abscess is left untreated it can lead to more serious problems. For example, the infection can travel to other parts of your body, your Calgary dentist will give you antibiotics to help stop the infection. Depending on your assessment with your dentist, your treatment plan can vary. To relieve the pain, your dentist can drill a hole in the tooth to drain the infection. They can also do a root canal to remove the infected pulp inside your tooth. Alternatively, if you don’t want a root canal, your Calgary dentist can remove your tooth.

After your procedure, it’s best to avoid using tobacco products as it can slow down the healing process. To reduce pain and swelling we recommend using a cold pack on your face for 10-20 minutes, to protect your skin, use a towel in between. Your dentist can prescribe you pain medication, take this as prescribed. If you aren’t given any prescription painkillers, ask your dentist if you can take over-the-counter pain relievers like (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin).

If you suspect you have an abscessed tooth, the best solution is to contact your local Calgary Dental Clinic as soon as possible.  When an abscessed tooth is left untreated, it can lead to more serious health problems in the future. At Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic, we provide emergency dental services, if you have severe tooth pain, chipped a tooth, lost a filling or crown, have facial pain or swelling, or suspect your tooth or gum is infected call us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. You can contact us by calling 403.252.7711 or requesting an appointment online.



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