What is Tooth Abscess?
Tooth abscess is a dental condition wherein pus has accumulated in a cavity on the interior of the tooth, or a term that is also usually loosely used for pus in the jaw bone where our teeth are attached. Tooth abscess is present when there is an infection that usually comes from an untreated cavity or a chipped tooth. Foreign matter
that causes infection will usually enter the tooth through these openings.
Tooth abscess can be very painful and the cause of much discomfort. Symptoms are usually swelling, warmth on the side of the affected cheek, sensitivity to chewing and hot or cold temperatures, as well as bad breath and the taste of pus in the mouth. In more severe cases, fever is present, in which case immediate medical attention is required.
Tooth abscess can be removed by drainage, a root canal or extraction of the tooth. This condition must be immediately addressed, not only to alleviate the pain but also to prevent a more serious complication. The best way to prevent tooth abscess is to be proactive and prevent tooth cavity from forming or chipping. This can be done by ensuring proper dental hygiene (regular brushing, flossing, gargling), avoiding eating too much sugar and by addressing the first signs of cavity.