When you experience a tooth abscess, it's a pocket that swells up as it develops full of pus that's caused by a bacterial infection. The abscess can start to develop in different parts of the tooth for a variety of different reasons.
It can start as an abscess that occurs at the tip of the root; it can also start growing in the gums at the side of your tooth root. Your tooth abscess usually starts because a cavity was not addressed when it started, and it grew over time. They can also occur if you had an injury or prior dental work.
Complications That Arise From Dental Abscesses
It's important to remember your tooth abscess won't go away without treatment. If the abscess leaks out, the pain may decrease to the point you think it's getting better. You still need dental treatment. If the abscess drains, it can spread an infection. The infection can spread to your jaw and to other areas such as the head, neck and or cheek areas. People have even sometimes developed sepsis. If you happen to have a low or weak or low immune system. Then decide to let your tooth abscess go untreated, your risk of serious complications goes up extremely high, sometimes even life-threatening.
Tips for The Prevention of Tooth Abscesses
The main way to avoid abscesses from starting is by avoiding any forms of tooth decay. If you can take good care of your teeth, you avoid even the chance of an abscess. Use fluoride drinking water instead of bottled water. It protects your teeth and fights decay. Brush your teeth at least twice each day and floss followed by mouthwash each time. Throw out that toothbrush every three to four months. Eat a healthy diet that consists of crunchy vegetables and limits sugary items. Follow a scheduled routine, seeing our dentists every six months. Sometimes even sooner if you have any gum or teeth issues.
Talk to our staff at your exam and we can provide individual suggestions based on your oral exam. If you have questions or for further information. Call us today, we are happy to assist with your oral care routine.