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?
A Dentist diagnoses Tooth Abscess by examining the tooth and surrounding area and performing a complete dental examination. An X-ray of the aching tooth can help identify a Tooth Abscess.
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?
There are three types of dental abscess:
• Gingival abscess - the abscess is only in the gum tissue and does not affect the tooth or the periodontal ligament.
• Periodontal abscess - this abscess starts in the supporting bone tissue structures of the teeth.
• Periapical abscess - this abscess commences in the soft pulp of the tooth.