Painful and Infected Abscessed Tooth

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According to the American Dental Association, an abscessed tooth is caused by an infection resulting from tooth dental, periodontal disease or a cracked tooth. These dental problems create conditions that let bacteria enter the pulp and can lead to pulp death. If left untreated, the abscess can cause serious infection in the jaw bone, teeth and surrounding tissues. Get treatment for a painful and infected abscessed tooth as soon as possible from your emergency dentist in Vancouver, Washington!

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What is an abscessed tooth?

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection. Tooth decay, periodontal disease or a cracked tooth can create conditions that let bacteria enter the pulp and lead to death. If left untreated, a tooth abscess can cause serious infection in the jaw, teeth and surrounding tissue. There are three types of tooth infections that cause abscesses:

  • Gingival – develops in the gums and doesn’t typically affect the tooth or root
  • Periapical – forms at the tip of the tooth root and spreads to the pulp through a fracture or cavity
  • Periodontal – starts in the bone and tissues that support the tooth and results from periodontal or gum disease

How do I know if I have an abscess?

An abscessed tooth is typically very painful. Because of this, you’ll want to get emergency dental treatment as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment plan. In rare cases, an abscessed tooth may not be as painful, but getting treatment is still important because the infection will not go away. You may experience additional tooth abscess symptoms such as:

 

  • Swelling
  • Redness in the gums
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Persistent, throbbing, or severe toothache
  • Extreme temperature sensitivity
  • Pain when performing normal chewing or biting
  • Swollen and/or painful lymph nodes

What kind of treatment is available for a tooth abscess?

Your dentist will evaluate thoroughly and recommend the best treatment for you.
Once the affected area is cleaned and the underlying infection is treated, you will heal quickly. Depending on the specifics of your dental condition, there are various treatments to treat the tooth abscess, such as:

  • Drain the abscess – your dentist will make a small incision that allows the pus to drain, then clean and disinfect the area.
  • Root canal treatment – for a severely cracked or decayed tooth, a root canal can get rid of the infection and save the tooth.
  • Tooth extraction – your dentist will make every effort to save your natural tooth, but in some cases, it’s just not possible, and a tooth extraction is the best option.
  • Antibiotics – if the infection has spread to nearby teeth, jaw or other surrounding areas, your dentist will prescribe antibiotics to stop it from spreading further.
  • Periodontal treatment – a periodontist should treat a periodontal abscess – deep cleaning and surgery will be conducted to eliminate the infection.

If your dental abscess is causing severe pain and you need temporary relief before your dental appointment, these home remedies can help. These are not long-term solutions, just temporary attempts to ease discomfort.

  • Clove oil: the active ingredient is eugenol which has anesthetic and antibacterial properties. A small amount of clove oil applied to the site of the tooth abscess can temporarily numb the pain. But don’t ingest too much.
  • Saltwater rinse can help soothe discomfort.
  • You can try cool, wet peppermint tea bags to provide some relief.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

Why do I need to get care from an emergency dentist?

An emergency dentist is experienced in treating painful dental conditions and relieving you as soon as possible. There are many things to consider with dental infections in the mouth, and your emergency dentist will be equipped to address your needs. A tooth abscess won’t go away without treatment; the sooner, the better. If left untreated, the abscess could spread to your jaw or other areas of your head and neck, including your sinuses. In severe cases, you may develop sepsis – a life-threatening infection.

Your go-to dentist for a painful and infected tooth!

No one wants to get a tooth infection, but if you find yourself in a lot of pain from an abscessed tooth, call Ranieu Family Dental so we can help. Our office hours are flexible and we have evening and weekend office hours available to accommodate your needs.

When you’re in pain, it’s a dental emergency. Whether your tooth infection is from decay or injury, you need dental attention asap. We specialize in treating all kinds dental emergencies as well as bringing back your confidence through cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

How can I prevent a tooth abscess?

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and routine dental exams can reduce your risk of developing a tooth abscess. Since you will care for your teeth and gums and home while you visit your dentist and hygienist for professional dental cleanings and exams, you’ll be able to catch any sign of disease or infection before it leads to an abscess. If you experience dental trauma, contact our office immediately.

Are there any risk factors for a tooth abscess?

Not taking care of your teeth and gums can increase your risk of dental problems. Good dental hygiene habits include brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing daily. This prevents plaque formation and cavities. Eating a high-sugar diet can cause tooth decay, so avoid sugary foods and eat healthily. Also, dry mouth can increase your risk of tooth abscess because it increases the risk of tooth decay. So drink a lot of water daily to keep your teeth clean (it’ll even help your overall health, too!)

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