An abscessed tooth occurs when bacteria penetrate and infect your mouth via the gums, surrounding bone, or nerve inside the tooth. The results can vary from no pain at all to very severe. Pain associated symptoms include continuous extreme throbbing, shooting pain spreading outward from the infected area, sensitivity to hot and cold food and liquids, and difficulty swallowing or when opening and closing your mouth.
These symptoms may be accompanied by swollen glands, a migraine-like headache, and a fever. A small bump or sore filled with pus will likely be present on the gum, and there’s likely going to be some gum and jaw swelling as well.
The three main causes of abscessed teeth are:
Cracked or chipped tooth
If you think you have a tooth abscess, it is important that you see a dentist as soon as possible. Getting it treated by a professional is the most important step you can take. If left untreated, an abscess can spread to adjacent teeth and bone, creating more serious complications and problems near the source. In extreme cases, the infection/ abscess can spread to other areas of your body. These cases involve medical intervention, as well as care from a dentist.
Before going to your dental appointment, here are 6 simple steps you can take to relieve the pain:
Regular check-ups and cleanings every 6 months will help prevent this event. However, if it does occur call your dentist immediately!