As of 2019, an abscessed tooth is a pocket of pus, caused by some kind of dental infection and the spread of bacteria from the root of the tooth to the tissue just below or near the tooth. Catching an abscessed tooth early ensures that minimal damage may be done to surrounded teeth and gums.
Dental abscesses do not go away on their own. Without dental treatment, abscess may continue grow and last for many weeks and months. In certain clinical instances an abscess may cause little to no pain. However, most dental abscesses are very painful.
In general, a tooth that has become abscessed is one whose underlying nerve tissue has become infected or swollen. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, and lies within the tooth. A tooth abscessed extends from the crown of the tooth, to the tip of the root, in the bone of the jaws.
An abscessed tooth can be an extremely painful condition, which causes people in geneal to seek dental treatment immediately.
Tooth Abscess Treatment
In some cases, antibiotics are administered in an attempt to kill some of the infection. If antibiotics are ineffective and an abscess is shown to be damaging the pulp or lower bony structures, a root canal procedure may be needed to remove the dead pulp and restore the tooth to a healthy state.
A tooth abscess is a collection of infected material and pus. An abscess can occur when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected and goes untreated.
Root canal treatment for Tooth Abscess
How does root canal treatment save an abscess tooth?
Inflammation of the tooth nerve is what is felt as toothache while the tooth nerve is drying. Once the tooth is dead know as "necrotic", an abscess starts to develop as the infection spreads from the inside of the tooth into the jawbone below. In general, once a tooth becomes necrotic it may still be saved if a root canal procedure is performed in a timely matter to remove the infection.
The root canal removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, a channel inside the root, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Tooth Abscess Symtoms
Symtoms of tooth abscess that requires urgent dental intervention below. Keep in mind if a severe abscess is not dealt with, it may spread from the tooth, down to the bones that support your teeth and gums.
- Contant shooting, throbbing and sharp pain
- Severe and intense tooth pain affecting you jaw bone and ear
- Fever or abnormally high body temperature
- Foul smelling breath with and without a bitter taste
- Swollen glands in your neck
- Swelling of the gums and jaw areas
- A draining pus on the side of your gums
- Pain when chewing and moving your jaws up and down
- General ill feeling sensation on you body
Home Remedies for Tooth Abscess
Dental abscess do not go away on their own. Without dental treatment, abscess may continue grow and last for many weeks and months
Ibuprofen and over the counter anti inflammatory medicine may help to temporarily relief the pain. This is because an abscessed tooth cause a significant degree of swelling and inflammation.
Rinsing your mouth and using any antiseptic rinse like salt water would not removed the bacteria responsable for a tooth abscess.
An abscess is consider to be a severe infection. Therefore, there is nothing you can localy apply at home. This is because the pain is coming from within the inside of the tooth or jaw bone where the infection is located.
Unlike many dental infection, much more damage may happen as a result of an abscess being left untreated. A perforation may often form through the gums, skin and the bone for the pus to drain, known as a “fistula”, which you may be able to feel or see when you open your mouth. This bubble filled with fluid known as "fistulas" often have a bitter taste as a result of the pus draining from it. It may look like a pimple. However, while the drainage of the pus may be noticeable, please know that the infection still there coming from within the tooth and/or bone tissue.
Tooth Abscess Causes
A common cause of tooth abscesss is when a dental cavity increase in size and becomes deep reaching the inside of the tooht space. Then an inflammatory process. Inflammation of the tooth nerve is what is felt as tooth pain while the nerve is drying. Once the tooth nerve is dead know as "necrotic", an abscess may form as the infection spreads from the tooth into the jawbone.
Some other causes for a tooth to become abscess are a broken tooth, leaking crowns and fillings, trauma to a tooth from an accident. In all tooth abscess infection, the nerve is involved and is unable to recover by itself from the injury.
Previously treated root canal teeth may develop an abscess due to the lack of proper seal from a dental crown to prevent bacteria to leak into the tooth.
Wisdom teeth and other molars are known to cause a tooth abscess because they are difficult to keep clean. Therefore, wisdom teeth may develop dental cavity that can be overlooked causing this type of complication.