What is a tooth abscess?
A tooth abscess is a pocket of infection around the tooth’s root or supporting bone. Abscesses are typically caused by untreated gum disease or tooth decay, or by a severe crack that extends to the root. An abscess can cause extreme pain, swelling, and bleeding or weeping. Untreated, a tooth abscess can spread to other parts of the body or even cause a serious blood infection known as sepsis. Anyone, from babies to older adults, can get an abscess.
Fortunately, abscesses are easy to treat. Antibiotics and surgical draining can treat the immediate symptoms, but abscesses will continue to recur until the underlying problem is resolved. In many cases, a root canal can remove the source of infection and save the tooth. If the tooth cannot be saved, an extraction will take care of the abscess. Once the infection is gone, you can get a dental implant or other restoration to replace the tooth.
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