Signs of an Abscessed Tooth

What are the signs of an abscessed tooth? An abscessed tooth is a serious infection that shouldn’t be ignored. It is an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. Most of the time an abscess is caused by severe tooth decay. Some infections can also be the result of trauma to the tooth, gingivitis or gum disease. A tooth that is chipped or broken can allow bacteria to infect the pulp of the tooth and the infection can spread from the tooth root to the bones supporting the teeth. Left untreated these painful infections can spread throughout the body and become life threatening.Clyde cosmetic dentist Dr. John Highsmith lists signs of an abscessed tooth.

So what are the signs? Any toothache that is severe and gives constant pain is a red flag. The pain can be throbbing or sharp and shooting. Additional symptoms of an abscessed tooth are:

  • Fever
  • Pain when chewing
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Pain when chewing

If the tooth pulp dies because of the infection, the toothache may stop hurting. This does not mean the infection is healed so it is important to visit your dentist even if the pain stops.

Because oral antibiotics cannot treat an infection inside the tooth the abscess may need to be drained and a root canal performed on the tooth to remove infected tissue. Because this procedure weakens the tooth a dental crown is placed. Oral antibiotics may be given in addition to this treatment to help fight any infection outside the tooth structure.

The pain of a dental abscess can be avoided by good oral health care and regular dental visits. If you break or chip a tooth you should visit the dentist as soon as possible to ensure the health of the tooth.

Please contact Clyde, NC cosmetic dentist Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282 to schedule your next visit.

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