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An abscess—or a pocket of pus—can lead to a variety of problems, such as pain, swelling, and discomfort. But, why do abscesses form? And what can you do to avoid this unpleasant situation?

If an infection reaches the center layer of your tooth, an abscess could form. Usually, abscesses are caused by an untreated cavity or by poor oral hygiene.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to recognize an abscess, and there are several treatments your dentist can do for you.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, we recommend visiting your dentist soon:

  • Sensitivity to temperatures
  • Sensitivity when you bite or chew
  • A fever
  • A throbbing, persistent, or intense toothache
  • A sudden relief of pain accompanied by a foul-smelling, foul-tasting fluid
  • Redness in your mouth and face
  • Swelling in your face

If you have an abscess, your dentist may recommend one of several treatments. For example, if your tooth is salvageable, your dentist may suggest root canal therapy. However if the tooth can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend an extraction. In essence, the most important aspect of dealing with an abscess is removing the infection.  Fortunately, once the infection is removed, you should not experience any other ill effects.

Would you like to learn more about abscesses? Are you interested in scheduling an appointment with our team? If so, we invite you to contact us. We are excited to hear from you soon.