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A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that's caused by a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur at different regions of the tooth for different reasons. A periapical abscess occurs at the tip of the root, whereas a periodontal abscess occurs in the gums next to a tooth root.
HOW IS TOOTH ABSCESS DIAGNOSED?
Dentist will perform a physical examination of tooth and the surrounding area and do the following
Tap on your teeth. A tooth that has an abscess at its root is generally sensitive to touch or pressure.
Recommend an X-ray. An X-ray of the aching tooth can help identify an abscess. Your dentist may also use X-rays to determine whether the infection has spread, causing abscesses in other areas.
Recommend a CT scan. If the abscess has spread to other areas within the neck, a CT scan may be used to assess the extent of the infection.
HOW IS TOOTH ABSCESS TREATED?
Dental abscesses are treated by removing the source of the infection and draining away the pus. Depending on the location of the abscess and how severe the infection is, possible treatments include:
• removing the affected tooth (extraction) – this may be necessary if root canal treatment isn't possible
• root canal treatment – a procedure to remove the abscess from the root of an affected tooth before filling and sealing it
• incision and drainage – where a small cut (incision) is made in the gum to drain the
DID YOU KNOW?
A periapical abscess occurs at the tip of the root and a periodontal abscess occurs in the gums next to a tooth root.