• Tooth Abscess


One of the most important aspects of general well-being is oral healthcare. It cannot be overemphasised what benefits one can get from maintaining good dental health.

A tooth abscess is one of the problems encountered in dental care. Aside the discomfort that comes with it, your self-image may be tampered with, especially for children. Understanding what tooth abscess is all about will help you get through with the treatment and ways to prevent it.

At the Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic, we provide efficient oral healthcare services. Our clinic is located on London.

What Is Tooth Abscess?

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection. It can appear at the root of the tooth or other parts of the tooth for various reasons. Everyone, both old and young, stands a chance of getting tooth abscess. If you are infected, it won't disappear on its own; you should seek treatment from your dentist or endodontist.

An untreated tooth abscess can spread beyond the affected area to your neck, head, and any other part of the body.

 For help with tooth abscess, you can visit our Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic, London or call 020 71830755 to book an appointment with us today.

Causes Of Tooth Abscess

The tooth has a tough enamel that protects it from the outside, but there is pulp in the middle which contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. It can be infected sometimes, and this could be caused by:

  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • Tooth decay or deep cavity
  • Periodontal or gum disease

Failure to treat this infection can destroy the pulp and cause tooth abscess. You should see our dentist at the Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic, London for diagnosis and possible treatment. We are always ready to receive patients and give them very good care.

Types Of Tooth Abscess

They are of two common types:

  • A periodontal abscess (which affects the bone close to the tooth)
  • A periapical abscess (which forms at the tip of the tooth root)

People get infected with more than just one abscess. One abscess can move through the bone and appear in different regions. However, each one is linked to only one tooth.

Diagnosis Of Tooth Abscess

Look out for the following:

  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Fever
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Bad taste
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Pain during chewing
  • Gum redness

You might notice a pimple-like bump on your gum sometimes. Should liquid (pus) come out when you press it, you can be certain that you've got a tooth abscess.

Treatment Of Tooth Abscess

If you experience swelling and pain as common signs, you may not have a symptom. This shows that the pocket of pus has gotten a place to drain.

Should you be asymptomatic, an X-ray can be done by our dentist London to detect an abscess during your regular checkup. He/she may tap on your tooth to find out if it's painful.

If the dentist cannot diagnose the abscess, they will refer you to an endodontist who knows how well to take care of tooth abscess.

An endodontist can accurately diagnose an abscess and give possible treatment.

Can You Prevent An Abscessed Tooth?

To eliminate the infection, the endodontist may recommend:

  • Extraction - When the endodontist cannot save your tooth, he may have to take it out
  • Antibiotics - If the infection has moved into other parts of your body from the infected site, you will need to get antibiotics, but the abscess will not be cured
  • Surgery - This one may be recommended to flush out a periodontal abscess
  • Root canal treatment - Perhaps you may know about this treatment. It is a common and one of the best method for treating tooth abscess. A root canal can save your tooth! To do this, the endodontist will drill into your tooth and clean the inside of the pulp and root canals connected to your gum. The voids will then be filled and sealed. A filling or dental crown may be recommended, and the repaired tooth will appear and function like the rest of your teeth.

Remember that if your abscess burst open, the pain becomes less, but you'll have to get treated by a dentist or endodontist.

Prevention Of Tooth Abscess

With the following measures, you can maintain healthy teeth and gums:

  • Brush and clean your teeth two times a day for 2 minutes using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Reduce your intake of snacks between meals
  • Cut down on your consumption of sugary drinks and foods. They cause cavities and can progress into an abscess
  • Do regular flossing between your teeth and gums to remove leftover food particles
  • Go for routine dental checkups
  • See a dentist immediately you have a cracked, chipped, or loose tooth

Need More Advice

At the Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic, we have very friendly dentists that will take excellent care of you.

If it's your child that's infected, You do not need to worry because our dentist will make them feel very comfortable during the visit.

If you need more help with a tooth abscess, speak with our dentist at the Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic, London. You can also call us on 020 71830755.

Do book an appointment with us today. We will be glad to attend to your dental health anytime you stop by.