Abscessed Tooth Infection Treatment in Toronto

Abscessed Tooth Infection Treatment in Toronto

An abscess is a localization of pus on any part of the body with pus being extravasated white blood cells. The presence of pus means that the body is or was fighting an infection. Tooth Abscesses may have the symptoms of fever and swelling.

What Is An Abscessed Tooth Infection?

An abscessed tooth is associated with an infection pertaining to a tooth. There are different types of abscesses. A soft tissue abscess around a tooth doesn’t necessarily mean that the tooth is infected. The accumulation of plaque and calculus around a tooth may cause the gum or gingiva to become infected. Poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, and even tooth eruption (particularly wisdom tooth eruption) can cause this type of soft tissue abscess. The treatment is generally oral hygiene instruction, periodontal scaling, root planning, and in the case of wisdom teeth, antibiotics or extraction may be necessary.

Another Type Of Abscess

When we refer to the term “abscessed tooth”, it means a tooth where the pulpal tissue has become infected after necrosis, and the apices or end of the tooth structure connecting to the supporting bone has an area of infection. An abscessed tooth of short duration may result in what is called an acute abscess which may be symptomatic but not visible to a dental x-ray.

The patient however may be in mild to severe pain, with extraction or endodontics (root canal therapy) being the treatment with antibiotics and analgesics.

A chronic Tooth abscess is clearly visible from a dental x-ray, with extraction, endodontics, antibiotics, and analgesics being the treatment. Sometimes incision and drainage of the soft tissue associated with the dental abscess may be necessary.

Left untreated, an abscess tooth may result in a life-threatening dental emergency, where the infection spreads along facial space or planes, resulting in a compromised airway. A Tooth Abscess Treatment should be sought immediately.

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Imagine your tooth as a house. The walls and roof are the hard enamel and dentin, protecting the soft, pulpy interior—the “living room” of your tooth. Now, picture a leaky faucet in your house’s plumbing. If left unattended, that small leak can cause major damage, eventually leading to the need for major repairs or even demolition. Ignoring a damaged or infected tooth pulp can cause severe complications. That’s where the root canal comes in. It’s like fixing the leaky faucet in your tooth’s “living room.” The dentist carefully removes the infected pulp tissue, similar to cleaning out a clogged drain. Even though root canals effectively… Read More

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