What Is an Abscessed Tooth?

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You may have heard the term abscessed tooth, but you may not know exactly what it means. Here’s what you need to know about abscessed teeth and how we treat them.

What Is An Abscessed Tooth?

An abscessed tooth is an infected pocket full of bad bacteria and pus. It forms either on the root of the tooth, on the gums next to the tooth’s root, or directly on the gums themselves. There are many things that can cause an abscessed tooth.

  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease

  • Gum disease can cause severe infections in the gums, which can lead to an abscess.

  • Infected Pulp Inside Tooth

  • Harmful bacteria can enter the tooth through an untreated cavity. When this occurs, the pulp (tissue in the middle of the tooth), will become infected and inflamed, often leading to the formation of an abscess.

  • A Foreign Object Lodged in Gums

  • If a food particle or dental debris (such as a toothbrush bristle or piece of floss) gets lodged into the gums, this can cause an abscess to grow.

Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth can cause a slew of uncomfortable dental issues and symptoms.

  • Chronic Halitosis

  • Heightened Tooth Sensitivity

  • Pain That Runs From Mouth & Down the Neck

  • Sour Taste in Mouth

  • Swollen, Bleeding Gums

  • Throbbing Tooth Pain

  • Tooth Pain When Chewing

Treatments For Abscessed Teeth

Treatment will vary based on the cause of each abscessed tooth. Depending on your unique dental situation, there are different treatments we will suggest.

Schedule Your Consultation in Holly Springs

Are you currently dealing with a chronic toothache or severe tooth sensitivity? You may have an abscessed tooth! Our experienced Springs Village Dentistry team is on standby to help you regain a healthy smile. Please contact us to schedule your dental examination!

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