An infected tooth or infection in the gums is called a dental abscess. Like any infection, a dental abscess can cause a myriad of dangers if left untreated. A dental abscess can be particularly hazardous.

Most people find they have no choice except to have an abscessed tooth treated. The pain it causes can be quite extreme, sometimes to the point of making daily activities impossible. Some people, however, choose to suffer through the pain in the hopes that the problem will clear up on its own.

Types Of Dental Abscesses

Periapical Abscess – This type of abscess occurs when the pulp inside of a tooth becomes infected, which typically happens when the nerve of a tooth begins to die. An abscess begins to form at the tip of the tooth’s root and can spread from there to the surrounding bone structure that holds the tooth in-place.

Periodontal Abscess – This type of abscess occurs when bacteria accumulates in the space between a patients teeth and gums. An infection then develops within the deep pockets that have formed along the gum line as a result of poor oral hygiene.

Symptoms Of A Dental Abscess Include:
• Severe toothache coupled with a sharp, shooting, or throbbing pain
• Loose tooth
• Bitter taste in the mouth
• Fever
• Discomfort while chewing
• Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
• Swelling along the gum line, particularly over the infected tooth
• Swelling along the upper or lower jaw

In most cases patients will need a take a prescribed antibiotic to help fight off the infection caused by the abscess. Patients suffering from a periapical abscess may require root canal therapy in order to save the infected tooth. In cases involving a periodontal abscess, patients will need to have their gums treated surgically.

If you have any questions about the symptoms or treatment options involved in dealing with a dental abscess, contact Smile Esthetics Scottsdale at (480) 867-1727 today.