Dental Tips Blog

Feb
16

Don’t Ignore That Pimple on Your Gums!

Posted in Root Canals

Any unusual growth on the gums should be looked at right away by a dentist, especially if it hurts. Most blemishes on the skin are linked to blocked pores. But what could cause that strange bump to grow on gum tissue?

Periodontal Abscess

This pocket of pus develops in gums severely affected by gum disease. You may notice a salty taste in your mouth because of the pus along with gum recession.

Dental Abscess

When a cavity reaches the pulp of a tooth, the nerve dies and pus inside the tooth eats its way outside via the root tip and jawbone.

How to Treat an Abscess

The next thing you want to know is how to get rid of a pimple on your gums.

You’ll definitely need a dentist to take a look to determine the cause of the infection. He or she will probably prescribe an antibiotic to start bringing down the swelling. A warm saltwater rinse is good for drawing out debris and soothing pain.

A periodontal abscess is treated with drainage and then thoroughly cleaning out irritants around the tooth. Dental abscesses usually require a root canal to remove the damaged nerve chamber and seal off the tooth against further infection.

In either case, you can avoid getting another abscess by improving your dental hygiene routine. Regular brushing and daily flossing will limit infectious debris in your mouth. Lots of fluoride will strengthen enamel against cavities.

Have you noticed an odd bump on your gums that wasn’t there last week? Don’t waste any more time – that “pimple” could spell out serious trouble for your smile. Call your dentist to plan a consultation, pronto.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Dec
26

What Is a Tooth Abscess?

Posted in Gum Disease

An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms in gums or bone as a result of an infection. It can also occur alongside of teeth with serious periodontal disease. Most commonly, an abscess forms at the tip of a tooth root after it’s been compromised by decay or trauma.

Signs You May Have An Abscess 

An abscess can cause severe pain, but in some cases it won’t hurt at all. Other symptoms can include:

  • Pimple on the gums (where pus drains out)
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Your tooth is extremely sensitive to pressure and/or temperature
  • Swelling in your face
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Fracture or advanced decay in the tooth

Your dentist will most likely need to take an x-ray to pinpoint where the infection is originating.

Will It Go Away On Its Own?

No. This is a serious bacterial infection looking for a way out. As an abscess grows, it eats away at the tooth root and surrounding bone. There’s also a risk of the infection spreading to other parts of your body.

How To Treat An Abscessed Tooth

Get some relief by swishing lukewarm salt water to bring down inflammation and encourage the release of pressure. You can also take an over the counter medication such as ibuprofen.

These measures aren’t meant to buy you extra time. You still need to contact your dentist ASAP. If you have to wait for your appointment, these steps will help you get some relief before your scheduled visit.

Your dentist may need to drain the abscess if it’s very large. You’ll may even take some antibiotics. But to treat it thoroughly, your dentist will either need to do a root canal or extract the tooth.

The sooner your see your dentist, the sooner you’ll get relief and the better your chances of holding onto your natural tooth!

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045

Aug
3

What is an Abscess?

Posted in Root Canals

“Abscess” is that scary “A-word” no one likes to hear at the dental office! The infection occurs when the tissues inside a tooth becomes inflamed from bacteria that enter the sterile nerve chamber. The infection can’t escape through the hard tooth structure, so instead, it travels through the root tips and out the side of your jaw.

If the abscess isn’t relieved and treated, it can cause severe damage to other teeth and the infection can even travel to other areas in your body.

Signs Of An Abscess

  • Swelling around your tooth
  • Throbbing pain
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Tenderness to biting pressure
  • Fever
  • Pimple on the gums next to a tooth
  • An noticeable salty taste or smell in your mouth

Sometimes, you can have an abscess and not feel anything. This is one of the reasons regular dental checkups with x-rays are so important!

Think You Have a Dental Abscess? What You Should Do

Call your local dentist right away. Take a doctor-approved painkiller. Place an ice pack on the side of your face if you have any swelling. Your dentist will see you at the earliest opportunity since abscesses can’t wait! Visit the emergency room if you have difficulty swallowing or breathing.

Treatment For An Abscess

When you get to your dentist’s, he or she will likely prescribe you an antibiotic to reduce the number of bacteria present. If the damage is severe enough, the abscessed tooth may need to be extracted. In many cases, a tooth can be saved with root canal therapy.

If you suspect you have an abscess, don’t wait! The sooner you take action, the greater your chances of keeping your tooth.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Apr
28

Why Antibiotics Aren’t Enough for an Abscessed Tooth

If you’ve had a tooth infection or dental abscess, you’ve probably asked your dentist if you can just treat it with antibiotics. Although your dentist may recommend antibiotics to clear up the initial infection, this is not an effective method for eliminating the condition or preventing it from returning. Instead, it is used prior to restorative options and to alleviate discomfort.

All abscessed teeth have some type of infection inside of the root canal chamber. That means infected nerve tissue is being exposed to bacteria from some external source, such as a cavity or crack in the tooth. After the initial infection is cleared up with an antibiotic, that nerve tissue needs to be removed and the canal must be sealed off. This prevents reinfection, bone damage and loss of the tooth.

Maybe you’ve already realized what’s coming next. If you guessed a root canal, you’re right! Root canal therapy is the process of removing the damaged nerve tissues, medicating the inner chamber of the tooth, filling the canal and then sealing it off to prevent reinfection. The process is almost like having a filling, but a bit more tedious. After the tooth is crowned, a crown will be placed over it to prevent the enamel from fracturing.

If you’ve experienced off and on swelling or a “pimple” that pops up on your gum tissue, then chances are that you have an abscessed tooth. Don’t wait until it means a trip to the hospital or losing your tooth completely before you seek out care. Schedule an exam and x-ray with your dentist to see what’s really going on with your mouth.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

Dec
28

Three Symptoms of Abscessed Teeth

What’s wrong with your tooth? Do you have a cavity? An abscess? Although some abscessed teeth will never exhibit any symptoms, most of us will have some signs that pop up if we find ourselves suffering from one. Here are three symptoms to be on the lookout for if you suspect that your tooth is abscessed.

Sensitivity to Heat

A hypersensitive nerve that reacts to heat or warm items indicates that there is a nerve infection. Heat sensitivity is usually not related to any other types of dental conditions other than infected nerve tissues. 

Pain or Discomfort Associated with Pressure

Chewing forces that cause discomfort may be an indication that there is swelling near the tip of the root. This condition is also sometimes seen in periodontal disease, so an exam and x-ray will be needed to check. 

Visible Swelling Along the Gum Tissue

A pimple or abscess along the gum tissue may come and go frequently. Or, swelling may be larger and take up space along 2 or 3 teeth instead of 2-3mm. Even if the swelling goes away, you need to have it looked at. Swelling in these areas only occurs if infection has extended through the entire length of the tooth and into the bone surrounding it.

Pain, of course, is also an indication that something is wrong. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to call your dentist. Untreated dental abscesses can, in some cases, result in emergency medical complications. Your dentist will help you medicate as needed and treat the tooth so that you can retain it for several more years.

Posted on behalf of:
Mockingbird Dental Associates
99 Mockingbird Dr
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 386-3908

Feb
11

Why Do I have a Bad Taste in My Mouth?

Posted in Root Canals

There are several factors that can cause people to complain of a bad taste in their mouth. Knowing what causes the bad breath can help you correct the problem or choose other options to limit the taste altogether. Here are some common contributors to bad taste:

Dental Abscesses
A draining dental abscess can create a localized bad taste that may come and go depending on the current state of the infection. Abscesses are due to severe dental decay and cannot be corrected without root canal therapy.

Gum Disease
Periodontal disease usually originates between teeth, most often the lower front teeth or teeth farther back in the mouth. Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss, and may cause a bad taste around areas with severe infections, as well as bad breath (halitosis).

Medication
Several types of medicine are known to cause a metallic taste in the mouth. Being able to control your condition is important; so don’t give up on your medication without consulting your medical doctor.

Health Conditions
Allergies, sinus infections, GERD and other conditions can cause drainage or alterations of the natural bacteria in the back of the mouth, leaving dental patients to have a lingering altered taste on their tongue. Managing nasal drainage in addition to multiple other health conditions can reduce the taste associated with them and also improve your breath.

Using essential oils or Xylitol gums throughout the day may not fix the problem that causes a bad taste in your mouth, but it can relieve some of the taste sensation as you seek to have these conditions improved in an adequate manner. Cleaning your tongue each day with a brush or tongue scraper can also remove foul tasting bacteria from your mouth.

Feb
11

What is an Abscess?

Posted in Root Canals

A dental abscess is an encased area of infection located at the apex of the root of a tooth. The abscess often, in an attempt to drain itself, causes a small pimple-like lesion to appear on the surface of the gums. These fistulas may come and go over time as the infection drains itself, and may appear to have a white fluid present in the lesion.

Abscesses occur when the nerve of the tooth has become infected due to extensive tooth decay. The infected nerve spreads the bacteria through the tip of the root, infecting the area of bone around it. Simply removing the decay at the top of the tooth and placing a filling over it will not correct the problem. Rather, this seals in the infected nerve tissue as well as the infection near the root, leaving the abscess in place and untreated. Instead, root canal therapy must be performed on the tooth in order to remove all of the diseased tissues and prevent recurrent infections. If abscesses are left alone, in severe cases they may cause subsequent infections even into the brain, requiring hospitalization.

Antibiotics may be used in the course of the treatment in order to remove the initial infection and swelling prior to the root canal therapy. They are not, however, a comprehensive treatment for abscesses. Continued antibiotic treatments may cause drug resistance and will not reverse the condition.

Diagnosing a dental abscess typically requires a periapical dental x-ray in order to see the surrounding tooth structures around the affected tooth. Other types of x-rays such as routine bitewings will not give your dentist the image necessary to diagnose an abscessed tooth.

Jan
29

What is a Dental Abscess?

Posted in Root Canals

Ouch!  You woke up this morning with a dull throb in your mouth.  Or maybe last night you noticed a funny taste in your mouth.

You might have an abscessed tooth.  An abscessed tooth is caused from tooth decay, a cracked tooth, or gum disease that then causes an infection in the tooth.  This infection is what causes the pain and bad taste in your mouth. Other symptoms of a tooth abscess include swelling on the side of the mouth where the infection is, bright redness in or around the tooth line and in the gums where the abscess is, or even a fever.  You may even be able to see a small pocket full of pus in your mouth. This is called a pus-pocket and is the actual abscess.

Tooth abscesses must be treated. If not treated, very serious infections can occur in the jaw bone, other teeth and gums.  Tooth abscesses are easily treated, especially at the beginning.  The longer that the infection is allowed to go on, the harder it is to treat.

Different treatments for tooth abscesses include antibiotics, incision and drainage of the pus-pocket, detailed tooth cleaning in and around the infected spaces, and root canals with crowning.  Root canals and crowning are usually needed if the abscess was caused from a cracked tooth.

Tooth abscesses can be prevented by seeing your dentist regularly and receiving routine dental cleanings, as well as practicing good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing daily.  If you notice a broken or cracked tooth, or have any injuries to your mouth, you should see your dentist quickly.  If you are experiencing pain in your mouth, contact your local dentist immediately for an appointment.  A tooth abscess is best treated early.

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