Do you have a painful toothache that throbs so bad it affects other parts of your face and neck? Can you not drink coffee or eat ice cream because of how sensitive your mouth is to hot or cold foods and drinks? If so, you may have what is called an abscessed tooth.
What Causes an Abscessed Tooth?
An abscessed tooth is caused by a bacterial infection, which forms a pocket of pus in either the tip of your tooth’s root, or at the side of it.
Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth
Symptoms that indicate you could have a tooth abscess include:
- A persistent, painful toothache
- Pain that extends to your jaw, ear or neck
- Difficulties chewing, biting and swallowing
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Fever and swelling
- Swollen Lymph nodes
- Breathing troubles
In severe cases, the pocket of pus may tear, resulting in an awful tasting and smelling fluid dripping in your mouth.
The Importance of Seeing a Dentist When You Have an Abscessed Tooth
It’s essential to see a dentist to help prevent more complicated issues, such as the infection spreading. No one should have to deal tooth pain as is, but leaving it untreated could lead to the infection spreading, and in the very worse cases, it could cause life threatening complications.
A dentist will carefully drain the pus pocket and clean the area to remove the bacteria. Other treatment options could include having a root canal done, taking antibiotics, and if your tooth is in too bad of shape, having it extracted.
If you’re in the Batavia, NY area and have an abscess tooth problem, the experts at Genesee Dental are here to help. We have flexible scheduling options and will provide you the relief you need. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.
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