A dental condition wherein the nerve or the dental pulp (inner part of tooth) gets infected is termed as abscessed tooth. The bacterial infection in the inner part of the tooth leads to collection of pus. Following a good oral hygiene regimen many help preventing dental abscess.
Tooth abscess types
Periodontal: occurs in the supporting bone and tissue structure of the teeth.
Periapical: found in the dental pulp.
Gingival: occurs in gum tissue, does not affect tooth or periodontal ligament.
Abscessed tooth causes
Abscessed tooth symptoms
Typical symptoms of an abscessed tooth include swelling, toothache, bad breath, inflammation of the gum tissue, sensitivity in tooth and swollen neck glands. A dentist will physically examine it and might order a tooth xray.
Abscessed tooth treatment
Abscess is drained through the procedure of root canal. A crown is placed on the tooth to protect it. Affected tooth may be extracted. Incision into the swollen gum may treat the condition. Antibiotics prescribed prevent infection and pain relievers help relieve pain.
Dental Abscess prevention
Brush teeth twice a day. Eat a balanced diet low in sugar. Use dental floss to clean in between teeth. Visit dentist for regular dental check. Use fluoridated drinking water.
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Collection of Pages - Last revised Date: December 15, 2018