What is a dental abscess? To be blunt, it is typically a pocket of pus formed in infected gum tissue when the pus cannot drain from the jaw or oral cavity. It is extremely painful and without prompt treatment from our Sacramento dental office, the infected pocket could rupture. If this happens, you have waited too long for treatment and other complications will likely occur.
Oral Abscess Symptoms
If your mouth is constantly throbbing and/or a specific part of your mouth is sensitive to heat or cold, or if it hurts to chew, these are warning signs. It might be easy to ignore at the beginning, but popping pain pills and ignoring it only makes the problem worse. A sudden onset of symptoms is your body’s way of informing you to make an immediate appointment with one of our Sacramento dentists, even if it’s an emergency! At the same time, your body is working hard to fight infection, so you may experience swollen lymph nodes or fever.
How We Cure an Abscess
If you suspect you have a dental abscess, one of our dentists examines the area where you are experiencing discomfort. Gently pressing on the swollen spot determines if the infected gum tissue is still alive. X-rays check for erosion around the tooth root or in the jaw. At this point, draining the abscess may save teeth and solve much of the problem by immediately relieving the pain. For patients with a weakened immune system or especially severe abscesses, our dentist prescribes antibiotics to prevent reinfection.
If the abscess has undermined tooth stability, a root canal procedure is typically recommended to prevent tooth loss. This potential outcome illustrates why ignoring an abscess is never a good idea! Immediate treatment by our Sacramento dental office significantly increases the chance of avoiding permanent tooth loss or more serious dental procedures. If you suspect that your mouth is harboring a painful oral abscess, call the Sacramento Dentistry Group and arrange a visit as soon as possible.