How Do You Get an Abscessed Tooth?
How do you get an abscessed tooth? Everyone knows that having an abscessed tooth really hurts.
Some of the main questions that patients ask us are how do you get an abscessed tooth, and how is it treated?
They also want to know if their dental abscess is something that will eventually go away on its own.What Is a Dental Abscess?
An abscessed tooth is caused by bacteria that have infected the tooth's nerve tissue or supporting gum tissue. This infection can come from a buildup of bacteria on the tooth surface called plaque or calculus, or from decay into the tooth structure.
Once the nerve of the tooth or the surrounding supporting tissue dies, this results in an abscess. Dental abscesses are often characterized by a toothache with swelling or bleeding gums. Sometimes teeth can become abscessed in the absence of plaque or decay. This can happen if a tooth has been traumatized, from an injury to the mouth or jaws, even years ago.How To Prevent An Abscess Tooth
An abscessed tooth can be prevented by practicing great oral hygiene and keeping regular dental checkups. Also, maintaining a low decay rate with a healthy diet free of excess sugar and acidic beverages. If you play sports and may be prone to mouth injury, wearing a sports guard can also help to protect the teeth.
In some instances, a tooth with an advanced infection may have to be removed. However, if the problem with your tooth is brought to our attention early enough, the odds of us being able to save the tooth and increase dramatically. If you suspect that you have a dental abscess, give us a call today. If left untreated, one abscessed tooth can affect the surrounding teeth and jawbone, as well as your overall health.