Dental Patient Education




An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms at the tips of your tooth root. A tooth that is cracked or has a deep cavity can cause damage to the dental pulp, resulting in an abscess (infection). Dental pulp is the tooth's soft core, the innermost part of your tooth, and your tooth's nerve center.

An abscess is a very serious dental condition and requires immediate treatment. In most cases the abscess can be effectively treated with root canal therapy. Root canal therapy safely saves a tooth by cleaning out and filling the damaged pulp. Sometimes, the tooth cannot be saved and must be removed; tooth replacement would then be necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my tooth is never treated?

When diseased pulp is left untreated, it dies, and the bone around the tooth can be destroyed. If this happens, the tooth must be removed and we don't want that.

Must I visit a specialist for treatment of an abscess, or can my own dentist perform this procedure?

Your dentist may perform a root canal, or you may be referred to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of "dental pulp" disorders.

What can I do to help prevent an abscess from forming?

Proper oral care is the key to healthy teeth and gums. Brush twice a day with a oothpaste and toothbrush. Floss daily with Dental Floss. And visit your dentist and hygienist regularly for dental checkups and cleanings.

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