Symptoms of Abscessed Teeth to Be Aware Of


Posted on 5/10/2021 by Thomas Wold, DMD
Symptoms of Abscessed Teeth to Be Aware OfA tooth abscess comprises a pus pocket caused by a bacterial infection. They occur on any part of your tooth and do not heal on their own. Thus, upon detecting the symptoms, you should contact us for treatment. Abscessed teeth are common in individuals with a weakened immune system since a weak immune system is harder to fight off germs. Also, smokers, individuals with a dry mouth, and poor oral hygiene have a higher risk of gum disease.

Symptoms of Abscessed Teeth


Pain is the primary symptom of an abscessed tooth. The pain may also affect the jaw, face, neck, and cheeks, depending on the abscess location. The affected tooth may feel loose in the jaw and can be slightly raised above the rest. Tooth sensitivity to temperature and pressure from tapping and chewing is also a common symptom of tooth abscess. Other dental abscess symptoms include swelling on the face and gums, bleeding gums, and swollen neck lymph glands. In severe cases, tooth abscesses will cause fever and malaise.

Diagnosis and Treatment


If you suspect that you have developed a dental abscess, you should schedule an appointment with us for diagnosis and treatment. This is because if untreated, a dental abscess will cause the pulp in your tooth to die, stopping the pain, but the bacteria will continue spreading to the surrounding tissues. To diagnose abscessed teeth, we will tap and press your teeth with a special instrument. We may also do a mouth X-ray to establish the location of the abscess and its size. Upon diagnosis, we will commence treatment by making an incision on your gum to drain the pus. Afterward, we will clean the area with antibiotics to prevent reinfection. If you have a periodontal abscess, we may recommend a root canal to save your natural tooth. However, if the decay is severe, then we will extract the tooth. For more details on abscessed teeth, contact our office today.
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