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What is the most painful dental experience you have had? If you’ve ever had a dental abscess, it’s probably at the top of your list.
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that is triggered by a bacterial infection, and it can be very painful. Read on to learn more about what dental abscesses are, symptoms, causes, prevention tips, and how a dental abscess is treated.
Dental abscesses are caused by a bacterial infection and are a collection of pus that can form inside the tooth, gums, or the bone that holds the teeth in place. There are two different kinds of abscesses:
Both types of dental abscesses are irritating and are treated by draining to get rid of the infection.
The symptoms of a dental abscess are generally very uncomfortable or painful and get worse over time. Here are some things to look out for:
If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.
Dental abscesses occur when your mouth is full of bacteria. It’s important to keep your teeth and gums clean to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth.
Here are some behaviors that increase your chances of a dental abscess:
The best way to follow these tips to reduce your risk:
Dental abscesses must be treated by a dental professional. Treatment methods depend on the location of the abscess, but they all involve removing the source of the infection and draining away the pus.
Treatment methods for a dental abscess:
All these treatments can be painful, costly, and often require anesthetic, so we recommend following our prevention tips. If you do see signs of a dental abscess, contact your dentist right away.