Although I love my daughter, I have never loved how sneaky she can be. After she kept coming home from dental checkups with cavities, I told her that candy had to stay out of our house until her checkups improved. Well, she found a loophole in our agreement, and she kept eating candy at friends' houses and at school. I realized I was fighting a losing battle, so I asked her dentist what we could do. He told me that she was a good candidate for a dental sealant that coated her teeth and protected them from decay. I could not believe there was such an easy way to help improve her smile. I had the sealant applied to her molars, and she hasn't had a cavity since! I created this blog to spread the word about how well dental sealants can work to help preserve children's smiles.
In general, an abscess is a pocket of pus that forms in a pocket of tissue in the body. This pus comes from a severe bacterial infection. In a dental abscess, an injured tooth, which is slowly decaying, causes the bacterial infection. A dental abscess formed from infection can form in two specific places. A periapical abscess is one that forms at the tip of the root of the tooth. A periodontal abscess forms in the gum alongside an infected tooth.
A Periodontal Abscess
Knowing that you have a periodontal abscess is easy. You will notice a blister that forms underneath the gum near a tooth with a severe cavity. The abscess itself may not initially be painful because of the damage to the tooth nerve. There will be pain if you press on the blister because of the pressure the pus will apply on other nerves. Additionally there may be a foul smelling and tasting discharge if the abscess is pressed.
A periapical abscess can be more difficult to detect. This is because there is no overt swelling or visual symptoms at first. This type of abscess will begin as a sharp toothache. The area of sensitivity will be away from the gum line and the pain will increase dramatically if touched. As the abscess progresses, the area near it will begin to swell. This will cause the pain to increase. The buildup of fluid may begin to drain into the surrounding jaw. This will cause swelling of the cheek. The pain will then move up or down the face and may resemble a migraine.
Other Causes of Abscesses
Abscesses do not just form from tooth decay. Damage to the tooth from a sports injury or from biting down on something hard, such as a popcorn kernel, can also cause an abscess. This damage causes a fracture that allows bacteria to enter and infect the soft tissue in the tooth. This will then lead to the bacterial infection that forms pus and creates the abscess. The location of an injury-related abscess can be both periapical and periodontal and will present symptoms identical to those abscesses created by tooth decay.
Whether you have an abscess that comes from tooth decay or injury, it is extremely important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Failure to treat the abscess can cause the infection to spread to the bone in the jaw, which can then lead to blood infection or internal infection of the torso. If you suspect that you have an abscess, speak to your dentist immediately.
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