Tooth related abscess (also we can called a periapical abscess) occurs inside the tooth. This happens when the tooth’s nerve is dead or dying. This type of abscess shows up at the tip of the tooth’s root.
Then it spreads to the surrounding bone. A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that’s caused by a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur at different regions of the tooth for different reasons. An abscess occurs at the tip of the root, whereas a periodontal abscess occurs in the gums next to a tooth root. The information here refers specifically to periapical abscesses.
While pain and swelling are common signs, you may not have any symptoms. That means the pus pocket has found somewhere to drain. A periapical tooth abscess usually occurs as a result of an untreated dental cavity.
Dentists will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. So they may be able to save your tooth with a root canal treatment, but in some cases the tooth may need to be pulled.
Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious in life. If you don’t treat the infection, it can kill the pulp and lead to an abscess. There are two common types: If you don’t have symptoms, your dentist could spot an abscess through X-rays at a routine exam. He may tap on your tooth to see if it hurts.
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