Let’s be honest, an abscessed tooth really hurts. Fortunately, the tooth is easily treatable through antibiotics and other methods.
Here’s what an abscessed tooth is: a bacterial infection has caused a pocket of pus to form inside the tooth, and the infection may be moving to the root of the tooth to the tissue just below or near the tooth.
In general, a tooth that has become abscessed is one whose underlying pulp—the tooth’s soft tissue core— has become infected or swollen. This pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. It extends from the top of the tooth to the tip of the root, which is in the jawbone.
An Extremely Painful Condition
In some cases, antibiotics are administered in an attempt to kill an infection. If antibiotics are ineffective, we’ll find out if the abscess is damaging the pulp or lower bony structures of the tooth. If so, we may recommend a root canal.
A root canal procedure can be used to remove the dead pulp and restore the tooth to a healthy state. Although some patients are afraid of root canals, they’re actually a simple and routine procedure to relieve your pain!
In one appointment, we can completely remove the infection and protect the tooth from further damage using a root canal treatment. Through sedation dentistry, we’ll make sure you’re very comfortable.
What causes an abscessed tooth?
There are several causes for an abscessed tooth. Commonly, a dental cavity becomes so large and deep that is reaches the pulp chamber. When the cavity reaches the pulp, inflammation occurs and causes a toothache.
Other causes for an abscessed tooth can include an injury to the mouth, dental crowns or fillings that get too close to the pulp chamber, or damage caused by grinding your teeth.
Any tooth can develop an abscess, though the third molars (wisdom teeth) are more prone than others to developing an abscess. Due to their positions in the mouth, they are more difficult to clean effectively with daily brushing and flossing.
Call Tabor Dental Associates to Relieve Tooth Pain
Stop the abscessed tooth pain! If you’re struggling with a bad toothache, call us today. If you have an abscessed tooth, let us treat it before it gets any worse. You could be pain-free after just one appointment.