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Signs and Symptoms Of A Tooth Abscess

14/04/2021

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that appears on the gums which is caused by a bacterial infection. Generally, an abscess is caused by a dental cavity which has been left untreated or an oral injury.

To treat a tooth abscess, you will have to book an appointment with your dentist. They will then drain the abscess to remove the infection. Depending on how severe, your dentist may be able to perform a root canal to save your tooth, but in more severe case the tooth will be pulled.

If a tooth abscess is left untreated, it can lead to a life-threatening infection.

Causes of a Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess is caused by bacteria infecting the dental pulp (the inner workings of a tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves and tissue). Infection occurs when bacteria enter the tooth through a cavity or crack which then spreads down to the root and causes the below symptoms.

You are more at risk of a tooth abscess if:

  • You have poor dental hygiene
  • Your diet is high in sugar
  • You suffer with dry mouth

Symptoms of a Tooth Abscess

  • Severe throbbing toothache in the jaw, neck and/or ear
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures Pain when biting or chewing
  • Fever symptoms
  • Face swelling
  • Swollen, sensitive lymph nodes in your neck
  • Foul-tasting fluid in your mouth

How To Prevent a Tooth Abscess

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months
  • Replace sugary foods with healthier alternatives
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash

If you suspect you have a dental abscess, book an appointment to see a dentist at our Kettering clinic who will start your treatment.

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