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Why an Abscess is Dangerous to Your Child’s Health

Posted in Root Canals

A toothache doesn’t seem like something that could be dangerous, but it could have the potential to place your child in the emergency room, or even develop a complicated condition such as an infection leading into their brain. Although this isn’t necessarily common, it is a condition that should be taken seriously when deciding how or when to have an oral infection treated.

Most abscesses in young children occur when tooth decay has entered into the nerve chamber of the tooth. Typically this will result in a painful condition, but for some children they may not have any symptoms at all. Abscesses usually cause the formation of a fistula, or small pimple, on the side of the gums near the tooth. This is an attempt for the tooth to drain the infection, which has invaded the area around the roots of the teeth. Proper treatment is to remove all of the infection and seal off the nerve chamber with root canal therapy and place a crown over the tooth. Leaving the abscess open and untreated will continue to allow bacteria to enter into the tooth and complicate the infection. Swelling has the potential to spread throughout the side of the face, and as mentioned before, into the brain.

Severe infections may be treated with antibiotics in the beginning so that swelling and infection can be minimized before clinical treatment is performed. Unfortunately, antibiotics are not a cure-all for this type of infection, as tooth decay is still present and an abscess will only recur later on. Ask your child’s dentist about treating decay while it’s smaller and easier to correct!

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

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