What is a tooth abscess?
An abscess in the tooth is usually caused by decay, which creates a cavity allowing the tooth and sometimes the nerve to become infected.
This infection can lead to a collection of bacteria and pus inside the tissue and bone around the tooth, which becomes extremely painful and unpleasant.
Will I lose my tooth?
An abscess is one of the most common causes of tooth extraction so it is important to seek treatment immediately if you suffer from dental pain.
The first stage of treating an abscess is to visit your dental practitioner so they can correctly examine the tooth.
How do I know if I have an abscess?
Signs to watch out for include pain around the tooth, gums and/or jaw, swollen or inflamed gums, fever and difficulty biting.
If your dentist notices any of these symptoms he may carry out an x-ray to access the condition of the tooth and roots before deciding on the best treatment plan for you.
It is important to remember that if left untreated an abscess can result in tooth loss and serious health complications.
Do you need advice or treatment for an abscess? Contact Ravenscourt Dental Practice now on 020 8748 4023 or email: [email protected]