An abscess of the tooth is caused by an infection within or around the teeth. If untreated, the infection can spread to the centre of the tooth, killing off the soft pulp through which the nerves travel. It is sometimes necessary to undergo root canal treatment, in order to remove the infected matter from the centre of the tooth, before sealing it to prevent any further infection.
Although the tooth is no longer living, a crown can then be added to protect it and avoid tooth loss. As symptoms of an abscess can vary from person to person, it is important to look out for combinations from the list below to ensure that you seek treatment from your dentist and preserve a happy and pain-free smile:
– Gums which are inflammed, red or swollen.
– Discomfort when chewing and ongoing toothache. You may also notice a strange taste in your mouth.
– A temperature or fever.
Be aware of the signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess.
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