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Are you interested in learning more about an abscess? Have you worried about what you should do to stop an abscess from forming? To learn more about your options for preventing and dealing with an abscess, we are happy to provide you with some information.

An abscess is a pocket of pus that can appear at the root tip or near the gums. Usually, abscesses are caused by an untreated dental cavity or by inadequate dental care. If an abscess is not treated, serious complications could follow.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to recognize an abscess, and there are several treatments your dentist can do for you.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, we recommend visiting your dentist soon:

  • A fever
  • A throbbing, persistent, or intense toothache
  • Redness in your mouth and face
  • Sensitivity to temperatures
  • Swelling in your face
  • Sensitivity when you bite or chew
  • A sudden relief of pain accompanied by a foul-smelling, foul-tasting fluid.

If you have an abscess, your dentist may recommend several treatments. For example, if the tooth is salvageable, your dentist could suggest root canal therapy. However if the tooth can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. In essence, the most important aspect of dealing with an abscess is removing the infection.  Fortunately, once the infection is removed, you should not experience any other ill effects.

If you would like to learn more about a dental abscess—or about how you can care and prevent an abscess—please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are eager to hear from you soon.