A dental abscess or tooth abscess is a painful and dangerous condition where pus builds up inside the gums and around the teeth, usually from a bacterial infection.
It’s very important to see your dentist at the first sign of a dental abscess, because if left untreated it can lead to more serious infections and complications.
What Causes a Dental Abscess?
Tooth abscesses are caused by infection from damage to the tooth or decay.
Any opening in the teeth or gums can let bacteria in and cause infections, so regular brushing and flossing is important not only for strong, healthy teeth, but to reduce the risk of developing a dental abscess.
Tooth Abscess Symptoms
If you have a tooth abscess, one of the first symptoms you’ll notice is the pain, which might feel like a very bad toothache.
Localised redness and swelling might also be present and maybe a bad taste in your mouth if the abscess is well developed.
As the infection gets serious, there could be swelling of the upper and lower jaw, as well as the glands in the neck, and you could also feel feverish and quite unwell.
Tooth Abscess Treatment
There are three types of dental abscess: gingival, periodontal and periapical, named by the location in which the abscess is formed.
The type of abscess you have will determine the treatment you receive, but all three types are easily diagnosed and drained by one of our caring dentists.
Some dental abscesses, such as a periapical abscess which starts in the soft pulp of the tooth, may need a root canal or surgery.
Your Ipswich Family Dental Care
At Ipswich Family Dental, we provide complete dental services for every member of your family in a friendly and relaxing environment.
A tooth abscess is classed as a dental emergency. If you suspect you may have a dental abscess don’t delay, call Ipswich Family Dental now on 07 3171 8402 (Ipswich) or 07 3319 5045 (Brassall). You can also visit our contact page to receive more information about dental treatments.