Dental Tips Blog

Oct
18

Signs You Have a Periodontal Abscess

Posted in Periodontics

What is a gum abscess?

When you hear the word “abscess,” you might think of a decayed tooth. But gums can be affected too.

A gum (periodontal) abscess can result from an infection caused by food trapped between a tooth and the gums. An abscess may also be caused by gum disease.

What are some signs that you have a periodontal abscess?

Pain – Usually an abscess is quite tender to the touch and while eating. You may also experience throbbing and constant pain – not only in the affected area, but also throughout your jaw.

A bad taste in the mouth – Foul breath accompanied by a nasty taste is caused by the draining pus, which is made up of bacteria and is a sure sign that something is wrong.

A swollen, pimple-like bump on your gum – This would be the abscess itself and is the site where pus drains out if it ruptures.

If you think you are suffering from a gum or tooth abscess, what can you do?

The best thing to do is seek help from a dentist or periodontist immediately. You may find home remedies (such as a salt/water mixture) can lessen the pain for a while, but it’s important to remember that the infection won’t go away on its own.

On rare occasions, a periodontal abscess may not cause very much pain at all. But in any case, it’s a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body, so you should get it taken care of as soon as possible.

Your local dentist can help you find out the cause of an abscess and treat your infection quickly,  so call right away if you suspect one.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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
5

Does Your Child Have an Abscessed Tooth?

Has your child ever complained of a toothache? If you’ve looked and noticed what appears to be a small pimple or swollen area on their gumlines, it could be that they have an abscessed tooth.

Abscessed teeth are caused by cavities that extend into the nerve inside of the tooth. Bacteria create infection, which then causes swelling. As a result, the swelling extends out the tip of the root and into the surrounding gum tissues. This can leave what looks like a pimple along the gumlines. It may come and go as it drains, but the bacteria are always there. Taking antibiotics can clear up an initial infection, but the problem needs to be addressed at the root of the cause – otherwise the abscess will come right back.

To prevent recurrent pain and toothaches, your child’s dentist will need to remove the nerve tissue and medicate the chamber inside of the infected tooth. After it is thoroughly cleaned and treated, a filling material may be placed into the top of the tooth. This differs from typical adult “root canals,” as baby teeth will continue to resorb until they fall out. However, the treatment allows the tooth to stay in place until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt from underneath it.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of pain, facial swelling, or soreness inside of their mouth – see a dentist right away. In rare circumstances, abscessed teeth can create severe complications that may even result in the need for hospitalization.

Schedule regular visits for your child every 6 months to catch tooth decay before it has a chance to evolve into an abscess!

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

Jul
24

Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth

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
(770) 622-5909

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

Jul
9

What to Do if You Have an Abscessed Tooth

Posted in Root Canals

Dental abscesses usually appear as small pimples or swelling along the gum tissues inside of the mouth. The abscess may come and go, drain, or leave a bad taste in the mouth. Bacteria from the infection come from inside of the tooth…deep inside the nerve chamber, when a tooth has experienced trauma or a deep cavity.

Your dentist can confirm the abscess as well as determine the extent of the infection by examining the area and taking an x-ray of the tooth. If the infection is extremely severe, it may be necessary to prescribe an antibiotic before any treatment is completed. This will cause the bulk of the infection to decrease long enough for treatment to be performed.

An abscessed tooth will either need to have a root canal or be removed. In the majority of cases, root canal therapy is the choice method of treatment. This allows the tooth to last for several more years and prevents the need for tooth replacement. During a root canal, the damaged portion of the tooth is removed. Damaged nerve tissue is also removed, and the nerve chamber is cleaned, medicated, and sealed off permanently. The tooth is then prepped for a full coverage crown, which prevents the non-vital tooth from chipping away.

Extractions are usually only necessary if the infection is too severe for the tooth to be restored. If the infection is addressed as early as possible, this can be avoided.

Sometimes abscessed teeth can also cause pain, but not always. If you’re experiencing pain from an abscess, ask your dentist about pain relief until your treatment can be completed.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Jun
18

Pulpotomies: Saving Your Child’s Tooth

Posted in Root Canals

If your child has a visible abscess or severe toothache, your dentist will likely recommend treating the tooth with a pulpotomy. Pulpotomies are the pediatric equivalent to root canal therapy – but more straightforward and simpler to perform. By treating the tooth, it can be saved and kept in place until it’s closer for the tooth to exfoliate (fall out) naturally.

During a pulpotomy, the area of decay is removed, as well as the infected nerve tissue inside the inner chamber of the tooth. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and medicated, and sealed off to prevent debris from entering back into it. The roots of the tooth are left alone to allow for natural absorption as the child ages. Once completed, a temporary crown is placed over the tooth to protect it for several more years.

Losing a tooth prematurely can cause a variety of complications that involve the teeth surrounding it. Typically, other teeth will drift into the space and fail to leave room for developing adult teeth to erupt properly. The end result is an impacted adult tooth and the need for orthodontic treatment to correct the tooth spacing and patterns. Saving the tooth for several more years can delay the need for orthodontic treatment.

Don’t put your child’s pulpotomy treatment off. Failing to remove the area of infection can allow it to spread to other areas of the mouth and face. In rare circumstances it can even lead to hospitalization. Treating the tooth as early as possible is the best way to keep the cost of care down, and ensure the safety and health of your child.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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