Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat
Posted on 1/20/2020 by Andrew Zeiger
|People don't always enjoy coming to see us. We can't blame them for fearing a visit. However, there are many cases where visiting us is very important, even lifesaving.
One of those cases is for tooth abscesses. When a tooth abscess is small, you may be able to get an easy treatment, such as antibiotics. When the abscess gets large, you may need surgery, which is when you get to come and see us. Let us tell you a little more about abscesses.
What Is An Abscess?
At the root of any tooth abscess is an infection. If you get a cavity, you know that the cavity begins when bacteria drill a small hole in your tooth's enamel. Over time, the cavity gets bigger and bigger, until it reaches your tooth pulp, which contains nerves and the blood supply to the tooth. It is also the gateway to the tooth. When your tooth becomes infected, we can fix it with a root canal if we catch it early enough. That means we make an incision in the top of your tooth, take out the infected pulp, fill the tooth with composite, and put a crown on the tooth to keep it strong.
However, if the tooth is too infected, an abscess will form at the root. This is a cavity in your mouth full of pus, which is not good for anyone.
If you have an abscessed tooth that has become very infected, you will have some pretty serious symptoms. You will be in severe pain, in fact, the pain may be so bad you start sweating. You may have a fever, and you may be dizzy and nauseated. This is when you need to come in and see us. Your abscess has gotten to the point you need surgery to clean it out and fix it. If you don't get your abscess treated, the infection can spread to your teeth, other areas of your mouth, your brain and your heart- which is never a good thing.
If you think you may have an abscessed tooth, you need to come and see us as soon as possible. That's because there are ways, we can heal the abscess and even save the tooth.