What do you think when you hear the term abscess? When it comes to dentistry, we think of the build-up of pus within the teeth or gums. These dental abscesses can cause a client pain, discomfort, and lead to more problems.
There are three types of abscesses, Gingival, periodontal. and periapical. The difference is determined by the area affected by the abscess,
- Gingival refers to the gum tissue within the mouth. Abscesses here only affect the gums and nothing else within the mouth.
- Periodontal begins within the supporting bone and structures of the teeth.
- Periapical describes an abscess that is directly affecting the soft pulp of the tooth.
Although there are three different areas of the mouth that are affected by an abscess, the symptoms and pain may be felt similarly. The symptoms include,
- Pain in the affected area when performing normal activities such as biting or touching.
- Foul taste in the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold substances
There are treatments for abscesses and should be performed as soon as a client is feeling any of the above symptoms. Treatments include,
- A root canal to remove a periapical abscess and then replaces with a root filling to prevent any further infections
- An incision is used when the pus of an abscess needs to be drained and removed. Anesthetic willed be used so the client does not feel pain.
- A periodontal abscess will be treated by draining and cleaning the pocket. A dentist will then smooth the tooth by scaling the tooth to promote healing.
If you believe you have an abscess of any kind, please notify your dentist or come to Progressive Family Dentistry in order to be seen and helped. We would love to assist you in feeling better again!