An abscess in your teeth or gums occurs when there is an infection at the root of one of your teeth, or between a tooth and your gums. A break or chip in your tooth could result in an abscess, and one could also develop due to gum disease. However, the most common cause is a severely decayed tooth. If left untreated, the infection could spread to your other parts of your mouth. Even if the infection kills the tooth, you may not feel any pain or disconfort, but the infection will remain and continue to worsen.
You should see your dentist whenever you experience pain or discomfort in your mouth. However some indicators of an abscess include a fever; pain or sensitivity in your teeth, redness or swelling in your gums or jaws, a loose tooth, or even just feeling ill.
Dr. Gregory Dvorak will tap on the tooth to see if it causes any pain, since abscesses make teeth very sensitive. The doctor will also take an x-ray to get a clearer picture of what is going on with the infection and to see if it has spread to other parts of your mouth. A lab test may be needed to know what antibiotics will be needed.
After an exam, Dr. Dvorak may suggest a root canal or an extraction to deal with the infection. If the infection has spread, he may prescribe antibiotics.
No one wants to experience an abscess, and the best thing to do is to avoid the situation altogether. That is done by brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride, and flossing at least once a day. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding sugary snacks and drinks will also help.
A major weapon against an abscess is seeing your dentist on a regular basis for a cleaning and an exam. Dr. Gregory Dvorak will be able to spot any problems and treat them before they become major issues.
If you are feeling any discomfort in your mouth, or it i just time for your cleaning and checkup, contact New Prague Gentle Dental Care in New Prague, Minnesota at 952-758-3003 to schedule an appointment.