A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, can cause a significant impact on your oral health. Knowing the warning signs of a dental abscess can help you to avoid further damage and get the help you need from a dentist near you. At Hill Davis Dental Group, Dr. Camie Davis and Dr. Kourtney Kouth can help to answer your dental abscess questions, as well as provide treatment if needed with root canal therapy in Lubbock, TX.
What Is A Dental Abscess?
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus in the gums or tooth that is caused by a bacterial infection. The infection may be due to an untreated cavity, chip, or crack in the tooth, which can lead to bacteria getting into the innermost part of the tooth causing swelling and inflammation. A dental abscess can occur in a few different locations, including at the tip of the tooth's root (periapical) or in the gums along the side of the tooth's root (periodontal).
Signs & Symptoms
There are many different signs and symptoms of a dental abscess. The most common warning sign is a severe, persistent toothache that can have painful sensations not only in the affected tooth and jawbone but also radiating to your ear or down your neck. Other warning signs may include sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in your mouth, swelling in your face or cheek, fever, tender or swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck, and difficulty swallowing. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to contact your dentist right away.
After contacting your dentist for treatment of your dental abscess, there are a few steps they will take. First, they will drain the abscess and get rid of the underlying infection. It may be possible to save your tooth with root canal therapy in Lubbock, TX. However, if they are unable to complete a root canal treatment, your tooth may need to be removed entirely. Your dentist may then need to complete a full cleaning and evaluation to be sure there are no other areas of decay or injury that could lead to a future abscess.
Dr. Davis and Dr. Kouth of Hill Davis Dental Group provide root canal therapy in Lubbock, TX, to treat a dental abscess. For more information or to make an appointment today, please call (806) 793-0651.