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.