What is a Dental Abscess?

A dental abscess (also termed a tooth abscess or root abscess), is a localized collection of pus associated with a tooth. If you are experiencing discomfort in any way with your teeth contact us at V-KARE Family Dentistry & Cosmetics Clinic, Champlin, MN and we will evaluate your teeth to determine if you have a Dental Abscess.

The most common type of dental abscess is a periapical abscess (dead tooth occurring in the tip of the tooth), and the second most common is a periodontal abscess (occurs alongside a tooth in a pocket). In a periapical abscess, usually the origin is a bacterial infection that has accumulated in the soft, often dead, pulp of the tooth. This can be caused by tooth decay, broken teeth or extensive periodontal disease (or combinations of these factors). A failed root canal treatment may also create a similar abscess.

Symptoms from a dental abscess may range from light discomfort in the localized area to severe pain. The pain is continuous and may be described as extreme, growing, sharp, shooting, or throbbing. Putting pressure or warmth on the tooth may induce extreme pain. The area may be sensitive to touch and possibly swollen as well. This swelling may be present at either the base of the tooth, the gum, and/or the cheek, and for short term relief can be reduced by applying ice packs.

How do I Treat an Abscess Tooth?

Successful treatment of a dental abscess centers on the reduction and elimination of the offending bacteria. This can include treatment with antibiotics and drainage. If the tooth can be restored, Root Canal Therapy can be performed. Non-restorable teeth must be Extracted.

If you have concerns that you may have a Dental Abscess contact one of our staff by calling V-KARE Family Dentistry & Cosmetics Clinic, Champlin, MN at 763-323-6564, or you also can send us a message through our online Contact Us Form..