Do you have a throbbing toothache that won’t go away? It could be more than a simple toothache. You might have a dental abscess. That’s serious and requires prompt attention.
Let’s explore dental abscesses and how the team at Concierge Dental Group can help you find relief.
What is a dental abscess?
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that forms in a tooth because of a bacterial infection. It can be painful, and it usually comes with a bad taste and a fever.
One of our patients, Maria—a vibrant, 11-year-old who loves playing soccer—felt a sharp pain in her tooth one day while eating her favorite chocolate bar. The pain grew worse, and before long Maria couldn’t enjoy meals or focus on her soccer games. So, her mom took her to Concierge Dental Group, and our caring team determined that she had a dental abscess.
It’s a good thing Maria came in when she did. Infection from an untreated dental abscess can spread through the blood to the jaw or neck. It can even spread to the brain. Among the possible complications in such cases are difficulty swallowing, breathing, and opening the mouth and development of a dental fistula—a hollow place in the jawbone. Finally, a spreading abscess infection can cause death.
Anyone with a weakened immune system is at greater risk of a spreading infection.
Why does a dental abscess occur?
Bacteria entering through a hole in a tooth or portion of the gum is a common cause of dental abscesses. A common source of such bacteria is tooth decay or gum disease. Even a broken tooth can become a gateway for bacteria and infection.
How can we treat a dental abscess?
At Concierge Dental Group, our first job is to get rid of the infection.
The dentist might make a small hole in your tooth to let the pus out or give you medicine to fight the bacteria. In some cases, the dentist might have to remove the tooth.
Then we focus on giving you your smile back by making them strong and healthy through any one or combination of various treatments.
Why choose Concierge Dental Group?
Choosing the right place to take care of your teeth is important, especially when you’re dealing with something as serious as a dental abscess. At Concierge Dental Group, we provide individual care, listen to your concerns, and work with you to find the best solution.
Take the next step to a healthy smile with us
Are you or a loved one experiencing a stubborn toothache? Don’t wait for it to get worse. Early intervention can prevent more serious problems and quickly get you back to enjoying life.