What is That?
- Posted on: Dec 30 2017
There are several reasons why a toothache may occur. One of them is a bacterial or fungal infection that leads to what we call a dental abscess. In addition to pain, you know if you have a dental abscess because you might be able to see or feel it; it is a lesion in your mouth. More precisely, it is a pus-filled sac, like a blister. A dental abscess occurs when bacteria and dead cells accumulate around an area of infected tissue. This is a natural side effect of the body’s infection-fighting mechanism.
Types of Abscesses
A dental abscess may be related to a tooth or the gums. When the tooth is the point of origin, it is because the nerve has died and, as a result, the infection has developed. The core of the tooth then becomes a reservoir in which bacteria accumulate. The solution to this infection is Root Canal Therapy. When the gums are the point of origin, an abscess may result from persistent, low-level infection in gum tissue itself. Prompt periodontal care is necessary to prevent bone destruction.
How Dental Abscess is Treated
Along with the necessary periodontal or root canal treatment, your dentist may directly administer and prescribe antibiotics to cure the underlying infection. A course of antibiotics may be prescribed before restorative treatment to maximize its efficacy. A dental abscess may require tooth extraction, with or without prior antibiotic treatment.
It is possible to drain a visible abscess at home. However, this should only be done in an urgent situation where pressure needs to be relieved right away, and it is not possible to get straight to your dentist’s office, such as on the weekend. Draining and abscess are best done by your dentist; otherwise, there is a high risk for secondary infection.
A dental abscess is a potentially serious condition that requires professional care. In both children and adults, abscesses in the mouth could send dangerous bacteria into the bloodstream and other organs of the body, where they can cause life-threatening problems.