An abscessed tooth is a condition where the nerve, also referred to as the dental pulp, becomes infected. The infection normally occurs when a dental cavity, which is tooth decay, is left untreated and spreads deep inside the tooth. This type of infection can also occur from a broken or cracked tooth where the dental pulp is left exposed. The bacteria that causes an abscess may spread down the length of the roots of the tooth and into the tissue of the surrounding bone. Our Blauvelt endodontist, at Rockland Endodontics, considers an infection between the gum and tooth root a tooth abscess. Your tooth’s nerve can also be vulnerable to infection after a large filling or crown are completed. If teeth are subjected to any dental trauma, such as damage from a fall or getting hit with something, one of our dental professionals should be consulted to do an exam as soon as possible.
Common symptoms of a dental abscess seen by our Blauvelt endodontist at Rockland Endodontics, includes swelling, pain when chewing, a constant toothache, or a dull throbbing in your tooth. Other symptoms can include swelling of the neck glands, fever, bad breath, and a strange or bitter taste in your mouth. Drainage from the gum tissue may also be present. Your gum tissue can also become inflamed, swollen, or infected and some drainage may be present. Even though an abscessed tooth can be painful, occasionally the problem can go unnoticed, so if you are experiencing any symptoms, make sure to get to our Blauvelt endodontist for proper detection.
Once an abscessed tooth has been detected, the treatment options recommended by our Blauvelt endodontist consists of root canal therapy to clean and remove the infection, or possibly tooth extraction. Root canal therapy is a common, normally pain free procedure but if a wisdom tooth is involved, the tooth is usually removed. When caught early, the prognosis for an abscessed tooth is generally good. Our doctor may choose to put you on antibiotics at the time of treatment to prevent the infection from spreading further within the soft and hard tissue. Warm compresses and anti-inflammatories to manage pain are the best home remedies, but the infection cannot be properly treated without seeing our Blauvelt endodontist.