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What Is An Abscessed Tooth, And What To Do About It

Tal Lewinger - Friday, November 23, 2018

Chances are, if you’ve ever experienced an abscessed tooth, you know just how much pain it can actually cause. But, many people aren’t aware of what it actually is until they get one - and by that point, it’s too late to do anything but try to accept the pain, and see a dentist as quickly as possible.


An abscess of the tooth is essentially an infection on the inside of the tooth, that occurs when the nerve inside the tooth is either dying, or already dead. It can start out small, on the very tip of the root, but an abscess can easily and quickly spread, causing even more pain, and more damage. It’s important to understand that this is the kind of infection that just won’t go away on its own, and the pain can last for months, or even years if not treated, though most people don’t bear it for that long.


An abscessed tooth can actually get so bad, that a hole can form within the tooth, and even the skin, to allow pus to drain from the infection, which can cause a foul taste in your mouth, and can actually be quite dangerous.


So, how can you treat an abscessed tooth? The most effective way is either with a root canal, or complete removal of the tooth. Your dentist will be able to decide on the best solution for your individual situation. However, it’s important to actually go to the dentist as soon as you notice pain. Because of the tooth’s ability to spread infection quickly, it can actually travel to other parts of your body, and cause more damage.


Once the tooth is removed or the root has been drilled, painkillers and antibiotics will not only help with the frustrating pain you’ve likely been experiencing, but will help to heal any remnants of the infection.


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