A tooth abscess is a nasty condition that's very serious and even life threatening in some instances. It's a pocket of pus that develops over the top of an untreated cavity or another oral issue that you may have.
These infected regions within your mouth can be painful, and often lead to serious infections in your mouth and other areas of the body as well if left untreated over time.
Treating an AbscessIn order to treat an abscess a dentist must drain away the puss and work to remove the infection. In some instances, the infection can be treated successfully with a root canal that will remove it from the area without requiring tooth removal as well.
In other instances, an extraction is necessary in order to get rid of the infection entirely. Either way, it's vital to have the infection dealt with fully to prevent more serious problems from occurring over time.
The Dangers of an Untreated AbscessIf you don't have an abscess dealt with properly, you could end up with a serious infection in another part of your body, such as the brain, the head, the blood, the neck or other areas throughout the body. These infections can be life-threatening and require some pretty serious procedures to take care of.
There are also serious conditions like Ludwig's Angina that can develop from an abscessed tooth that could cause suffocation in patients. It's much better to take the time and go through the trouble of having an abscess treated than just leaving it there to do more damage to your mouth and your body.
We deal with tooth abscesses regularly. If you are suffering from serious pain in your mouth, come to see us today and we can help you figure out what the problem is and how to get rid of it. If you have an abscess our dentists will help treat the problem and leave you feeling much better in the process.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (253) 777-0252 today.