Abscesses and Infections
Abscesses: That Painful Swelling of the Teeth May Be An Infection
Due to the rapid growth of bacteria, an abscess can form in a matter of hours or few days. Teeth abscesses can be divided into two; gum abscess (periodontal abscess) and tooth abscess (periapical abscess). When food particles get trapped in between the teeth and gums, it may quickly degenerate to gum abscess especially in people with the chronic periodontal disease. This will lead to the growth of abscess in the bone and gums. On the other hand, periapical abscess shows up when the tooth nerve is about to die or totally dead. The root of the tooth with the dying nerve is surrounded by abscess and spread to the surrounding bone.
Impact of Abscess on the Human Body
- Abscess can cause immense pain or no pain
- Abscess infections can last for months or years without being treated by a dentist
- In essence, abscess will never heal itself
- Failure to effectively treat abscess can lead to damage to surrounding bone and teeth.
- An untreated abscess can lead to the formation of cyst in the jawbone
Paying Attention To Abscesses
Depending on the severity of the abscesses, a fistula might have formed. The dentist will have to trace the root. An X-ray might be needed to know the position of the fistula. It is essential to find a dental abscess treatment. Once the infection is treated, the fistula will heal itself. The abscess might have formed inside the teeth and this requires a hole to drilled into the hole to allow draining of the abscess. A badly damaged tooth caused by an abscess will have to be removed. After treatment, you will be prescribed painkillers and antibiotics to allow quick healing.