When a bacterial infection affects the soft pulp of the gums, it can lead to the accumulation of pus which can cause a dental abscess. This can also be caused due to debris and food that remains in the mouth and causes plaque formation which is not cleaned properly by regular brushing and other oral hygiene habits.
HOW IS DENTAL ABSCESS DIAGNOSED?
Dentists usually find it difficult to distinguish between periapical and periodontal abscess. They can make out based on the location, swelling and pain associated with the abscess. A tooth X-ray may be needed in some cases.
HOW IS DENTAL ABSCESS TREATED?
Treatment for the dental abscess or periapical abscess includes thorough cleaning of the mouth by the dentist. He/ she would then ensure that your pus is completely taken out from the mouth too. Once this is done, they would provide ointments to control and prevent the infection from spreading.
DID YOU KNOW?
In severe cases, a dental abscess can lead to death as the infection spreads to the brain and also leads to compromises in breathing. One might generally feel ill, show signs like vomiting, fevers chills and sweats indicating the severe condition of a dental abscess. If you are suffering from unbearable pain, difficulty in breathing and swallowing, and other symptoms, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.