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If you think you may be suffering from an abscessed tooth, you’ll want to seek treatment as soon as possible. However, we know that due to various circumstances, it may not be possible to get immediate treatment. In the meantime, Gentle Touch Dental is happy to answer any questions you may have about your conditions. Here are some frequently asked questions to peruse:

What is an abscess?

Tooth decay, periodontal disease or a cracked tooth may result in bacteria entering the innermost part of your tooth where its lifeforce, the pulp, resides. The resulting infection may cause an abscess., which occurs when pus builds up at the tooth’s root tip in the jawbone and forms a pocket.

What are the symptoms of an abscess?

In addition to the visibility of the pus-pocket itself, symptoms include pain, swelling, a redness of the gums, a bad taste in one’s mouth, or a fever.

How is an abscess treated?

The treatment of an abscess depends upon the severity of the infection. Dr. Dexter Inniss may treat it with antibiotics in order to destroy the bacteria associated with the infection. He may also carefully drain the pus from the area. If the cause of the abscess is gum disease, he may perform scaling and root planing to clean the area of infection. If the abscess is the result of a fractured tooth, you will probably need a root canal.

Good oral hygiene and dental checkups are the absolute best ways to prevent an abscess. If it’s time for your dental checkup or if you believe you may have an abscess, please don’t hesitate to call our dental office in Conyers, Georgia at 770-760-7566. Your oral health is our pride and joy.