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What Are Dental Abscesses?

A dental abscess is a collection of fluid/pus that is caused by bacteria build up in the mouth, which eventually leads to an infection, causing gum irritation and pain. One of the most common symptoms associated with this is a throbbing pain in the mouth – which can get progressively worse if left untreated.

Types Of Abscesses

Periapical – This is when the abscess forms underneath a tooth
Periodontal – This is when the abscess appears around the gum and supporting bone

Both of the above abscesses are caused by a build up of bacteria which then causes an infection. The main reasons that this does occur is due to poor dental hygiene (not regularly cleaning your teeth/gums effectively) or drinking a lot of drinks that have high level of sugar/starch content (the carbohydrates in these helps bacteria grow and causes tooth decay).

What Should I Do If I Suspect I Have An Abscess?

We advise that you make an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible to have your teeth & gums checked out as soon as possible, to help get you out of pain. Depending on what type of abscess you have, the treatment can vary from having the pus from the abscess removed, to anti-biotic cover, to a full blown root canal or extraction in the more severe instances. At the appointment we will always tell you what is going on and what needs to be done to effectively treat you.

Early Treatment

The earlier an abscess is seen to, the easier it is too treat. If left untreated (especially the under the tooth abscess), there can be further complications with the nearby jaw bone (very severe cases).
If you are in pain, please do not hesitate to call us and book your emergency appointment today.

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