January 2018 - Dentist Office in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Dallas, Desoto, Farmers Branch, Grand Prairie, Lake Highlands, Lancaster, Terrell
abscessed tooth

What is an Abscessed Tooth?

What is that horrible pain inside of your mouth? Have you been experiencing sharp pain in your mouth and you’re not sure where it is coming from? It could potentially be an abscessed tooth.

What causes an abscessed tooth?

An abscessed tooth is caused by contamination in your mouth which can be brought on by pockets of pus in the tissues around the tooth.

  • An Infected Tooth

A tooth can get infected and form an abscess when the pulp of the tooth dies because of tooth damage or decay. Once this happens, bacteria will begin growing in the dead tissue and cause a pocket of pus within the tooth.

  • Gum Disease

Gums and teeth are another reason why a tooth might become abscessed. Gum disease can cause pockets to form in the back of the teeth allowing bacteria to grow and spread within the region of the tooth. At this time, an abscess will begin to form under the top of nicotine gums and will swell and cause pain.

Signs of an Abscessed Tooth

If you have any of these symptoms you should contact your dentist because you could have a major dental emergency on your hands.

  • persistent, throbbing tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold substances
  • Pain when eating
  • Swelling of your cheeks
  • A fever along with a toothache

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth may start out mild; however, if left untreated can be extremely damaging.

How is an Abscess Tooth Treated?

Many times when we’re experiencing a dental emergency, we think that the pain will go away on its own. However, if your infection is left untreated it will progress and you could permanently lose a tooth and cause severe pain that could have lasting damage.

A solution for treatment with an abscessed tooth is root canal therapy. Working with a team of trusted dentists and root canal therapy can save your tooth.

What is a Root Canal?

At Perla Dental, we have trained root canal specialists that can remove the infected tissue from your tooth. Once the infection is completely eliminated, we will seal the tooth with a temporary filling. After the tooth has recovered, you can come back to one of ten Perla Dental locations and have a permanent filling or dental crown.

Contact Perla Dental – Your Favorite Dentist in Dallas

Our highly skilled team of dental professionals are here with you every step of the way! If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact Perla Dental immediately.