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The History and Hidden Dangers of Dental Abscesses

Posted on 3/8/2021 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
The History and Hidden Dangers of Dental AbscessesAn abscess results from a tooth root infection. To confirm an abscess, we will examine your teeth and gums by tapping the affected area to check the pain level. We will also do an X-ray and CT scan to check the affected tooth and determine the infection's extent. Treatment will then follow to clear the infection and prevent hidden complications. The type of treatment we will administer will depend on the size and severity of the abscess.

Hidden Dangers of Dental Abscesses

A dental abscess will remain contained, but it will spread to other parts of your body and cause complications in rare incidences. If you have compromised immunity, the infection may spread to the adjacent soft tissues and cause inflammations. Where the abscess is located on the lower tooth, it can spread to the neck and affect your breathing. Also, upper tooth abscesses will cause eye and sinus infections.

Treatment of Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess, if untreated, will cause health complications leading to hospitalization. Thus, if you spot an abscess, you should schedule an appointment with us for treatment. Upon assessing your tooth abscess, we will schedule the removal. This may comprise a surgery to drain the abscess or extract the abscessed tooth because antibiotics alone will not clear the infection completely. If the abscess is on your tooth's root, we may perform a root canal procedure and remove the infected pulp. We will then prescribe antibiotics to fight any possible infections. Given the hidden dangers of an abscessed tooth, you need to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth to keep dental abscesses at bay. Also, you should maintain regular dental checkups at least twice a year. During these exams, we will detect any abscess early and remove it before it can potentially harm your health. For more information on dental abscesses, contact our office today.

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