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Abscesses at Shenton Park Family Dental

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms due to an infection in the teeth or gums. This condition is considered serious and requires immediate attention to avoid severe complications.

Symptoms Overview

Man with jaw painIdentifying the symptoms of a dental abscess promptly is essential for effective treatment. Some of the primary symptoms include

  • Pain: The pain from a dental abscess can be intense, often described as throbbing or aching, and may become more pronounced during activities like biting or chewing.
  • Swelling: Facial or gum swelling near the affected tooth is commonly observed.
  • Unpleasant Taste: If the abscess begins to drain, it may lead to a bad taste in the mouth, often described as salty, metallic or sour.
  • Sleep Disruption: The discomfort caused by the abscess may interfere with sleep, making it difficult to rest comfortably.
  • Reliance on Painkillers: Due to severe pain, the use of painkillers may be necessary to manage symptoms effectively.

Treatment Methods

Treatment typically involves draining the abscess to alleviate pain and pressure, followed by antibiotics to address the infection. Depending on the severity, a root canal might be needed to remove infected tissue and preserve the tooth. If the tooth cannot be saved, your dentist will discuss extraction and options for replacing the missing tooth.

Preventative Measures

To prevent dental abscesses, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is critical. This includes brushing teeth twice daily, flossing regularly and reducing sugar intake. Regular dental visits are also crucial. Never overlook symptoms like tooth pain or gum discomfort; early intervention can prevent more severe health issues.

Contact Us Straightaway

Ignoring the signs of a dental abscess can lead to infections in the jawbone, tooth loss and other significant health complications impacting both oral health and appearance. If you notice any symptoms of a dental abscess, contact Shenton Park Family Dental immediately to schedule a consultation.
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