An abscessed tooth can be very painful and harmful to our mouth and body. An abscessed tooth happens when bacteria enters the mouth and causes an infection. When this happens, a sore will form, typically swollen and full of pus. Your body then places a barrier around the infection to keep it from spreading to the rest of the body.
There are two types of abscesses that can form. First is a gum abscess. This is an infection that occurs in between the tooth and the gum. The second kind of abscess is a tooth related abscess and it occurs in your actual tooth. This happens when the nerve is dead or dying and shows itself at the tip of the root.
These are several symptoms of an abscess. These symptoms include a fever, pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in your mouth, bad breath, swollen neck glands, discomfort, redness or swelling of your gums.
Treatment of an abscessed tooth can be complicated, however the goal is to eliminate the infection, preserve the tooth, and prevent complications. Our dentist will first need to drain the abscess and they will perform root canal therapy. A crown will then be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage.
If you worry that you may have an abscessed tooth, we recommend getting to our dentist right away. Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader and our team are highly qualified and will help with any issue you may have. Just call Oakmont Family Dentists at 412-828-3311 to schedule an appointment. We are eager to hear from you.