Oral abscesses occur when harmful bacteria invades a tooth – usually through a cavity or crack – and infects the center of the tooth, causing an often painful, certainly uncomfortable swelling in and around the affected area. Dentists care for two types of oral abscesses: periapical and periodontal, with the periapical type being the most common.
Abscesses generally occur due to poor dental hygiene, and a poor diet can also play a role, as sugar from sodas and fruit juices encourages the development of cavities.
In order to treat an oral abscess, a dentist must drain the infected site and then apply doses of antibiotics. This process is referred to as a root canal. Often, dentists can save the infected tooth – though that is not guaranteed. Also, ignoring an oral abscess can lead to much more serious health issues, possibly even life-threatening complications, as the infection may spread to the blood stream (sepsis) and/or other organs.
Symptoms of an oral 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 suspect that you have an abscessed tooth, please do not hesitate, call our offices today at 678-582-8099 and get it attended to immediately.