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Gainesville Tooth Abscess Treatment

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A tooth abscess is a pocket of infection caused by a bacterial infection from tooth decay. Although dentists detect both periapical and periodontal abscesses, the most common is a periapical abscess. The periapical abscess occurs at the tip of the root and is usually caused by gums that have not been properly cleaned or a cavity. Others may result from previous dental work that caused the nerve of a tooth to die. Bacteria enters through either a cavity or a crack and infects the center of the tooth, or the pulp.

Poor dental hygiene and diets that are high in sugar can increase your risk of developing a tooth abscess. Frequently drinking juices or sodas high in sugar can contribute to dental cavities, which may progress into a tooth abscess.

Let our team of Gainesville and Braselton dentists provide you with everything you need for a healthy smile! Call us today at (678) 582-8099.

Tooth Abscess Treatment

The most common way to treat a tooth abscess is by draining the infected site and proceeding to treat the infection with antibiotics. Sometimes dentists are able to save teeth that have been affected by an abscess by doing a root canal, but in some instances, tooth extraction may be needed.

The best treatment option to preserve your tooth is often a root canal; however, it does not guarantee that the tooth can be saved. Leaving an abscess untreated could lead to serious and possibly even life-threatening complications by infecting the bloodstream and other organs.

Symptoms of Abscesses

Symptoms of a tooth abscess include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Sensitivity when eating
  • Severe, persistent throbbing
  • Swelling in your face
  • Swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or neck
  • Fever or fatigue
  • Bitter taste and breath odor

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office today. If left untreated, a tooth abscess can also lead to a blood infection, known as sepsis, which can be critical and possibly life-threatening.

Call BGW Dental Group today at (678) 582-8099 for more information.


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