How can you know whether or not you have a dental abscess? These infections are nothing to joke about, but they may not always cause pain or discomfort alerting you to their presence. Once a tooth has abscessed, it is no longer vital and requires immediate attention. What signs and symptoms should you look out for?
• Swelling on the gums along the root
• “Pimples” on the gums that come and go
• Heightened sensitivity
• Pain when pressure is applied
Abscesses can’t wait; you need to get professional dental care right away. Especially for children. Why? Because they can become so severe that in certain circumstances they even result in hospitalization. Treating the abscess with an antibiotic can clear up any residual infection, but it won’t prevent it from coming back. It simply makes it easier to treat the tooth during the root canal procedure.
Why a root canal? Because these restorations go down into the nerve chamber and seal it of – preventing reinfection from occurring. During the procedure all diseased nerve tissues are removed, saving the tooth from the possibility of decomposing prematurely. Cleaning the area out and placing a filling into the root allows the dead tooth to remain functional for several more years. However, the tooth will become more brittle and can therefor wear down or chip away during regular biting and chewing. That’s why your dentist will recommend placing a crown over the tooth following your root canal treatment.
If you suspect that you have an abscessed tooth – call your dentist today to schedule a quick exam and x-ray. Catching the infection quickly can save your tooth!
Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
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