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If left untreated, a tooth abscess can be extremely painful as well as harmful to your health.

A dental abscess can be excruciatingly painful, and even the most nervous patients will typically call their dentist almost straight away to schedule an appointment.

Abscesses can form quickly—over the course of a day or two—and you might not notice anything unusual before the pain starts. It is best to get checked out by a member of the Devonshire Dental Care team as soon as possible if you are experiencing any kind of pain that concerns you.

Abscesses can be caused by a variety of things, such as poor oral health, but they can also happen when a tooth has been damaged, whether it be from tooth decay or from a crack, say from a blow to the mouth. Once bacteria have gotten inside, you might start to feel very uncomfortable.

2 Kinds of Dental Abscess

Abscesses in the mouth can often be divided into two kinds. The root canals of teeth can develop an infection called a Periapical Abscess. Another is a gum disease called a Periodontal Abscess. In a moment or two, we will talk about the various kinds of treatment that are needed for each of them.

Signs and Symptoms of a Dental Abscess

There are a variety of symptoms that an abscess may cause, but as was already said, the window for early warning indications may be rather narrow. The most likely symptom you may feel is an intense toothache. Additionally, you can have a severe intolerance to both hot and cold when you eat or drink, detect a foul taste in your mouth, or even feel generally ill. It is essential that you call our Glasgow dental office for an emergency appointment rather than ignoring these symptoms.

Abscess Dental Treatment

Drain the abscess 

When an abscess develops in the gums, it is typically possible to treat it by first removing the pus from the abscess and then cleaning it. After injecting a local anaesthetic, this is done by creating a little incision in the abscess and then removing the pus. Then, this needs to be carefully cleansed, and in certain instances, you might also need an antibiotic course. After accomplishing this, we need to determine what caused it. Sometimes, merely enhancing your oral hygiene routine can stop an abscess from returning. However, in rare circumstances, additional action can be required.

Deep cleaning

In other instances, the tissues around the tooth roots and associated structures may have produced pus pockets. This is probably a result of periodontal disease. In this situation, it is likely that a deep clean or root scaling process will need to be performed. In order to access the teeth’s roots and clean them, this invasive procedure may require cutting into the gums. Though less certain than many procedures, the outcome of this operation may not be enough to save the tooth. However, if you brush and floss your teeth thoroughly and visit our dentist for professional cleaning of the teeth and gum line about every six months, this type of abscess may be prevented.

The root canal treatment

The only method available to treat an abscess that has developed within a tooth’s roots as opposed to its gums is a root canal procedure. To do this, part of the tooth’s crown must be removed, along with the diseased soft pulp material and abscess, and the hollow root canals must be cleaned before being filled with a material known as Gutta Percha. The restored tooth will typically receive a crown to reinforce it and give it a more natural appearance after this treatment is complete.

Tooth Extraction

Even while we always try our best to keep a tooth, there are instances when it may not be possible or where the tooth’s prognosis is so severe that we might advise extraction. If this does occur, we will be pleased to talk with you about a variety of tooth replacement options, such as Dental Treatments and Dental Implants.

Health Risks

There is another reason why you should see a dentist immediately for tooth abscesses, even though it is unlikely that you could endure the discomfort they frequently cause. An untreated tooth or gum abscess increases the risk of the infection moving from the oral cavity to the rest of your body. This could make you feel awful, and in some rare cases, it might even endanger your life.

Contact our expert Dentist!

Dental abscesses should never be disregarded, so if you think you may have one, call our Devonshire Dental Care dentist right away.

Call us at 0141 339 3123 to schedule an appointment with a dentist, whether it’s for an abscess or any other concern relating to your dental health.