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An infection in the root of your tooth, a dental abscess can be extremely painful. When the enamel of your teeth becomes compromised, bacteria can leach into the pulp of your tooth and attack it, leading to an infection.
If your immune system loses its ability to fight off the infection, the pulp may die, and an abscess can form at the site. If you notice that you're running a fever, have swollen lymph nodes, red and irritated gums, and pain, you may be suffering from a dental abscess.
What Caused This Problem in the First Place?
Having an unpleasant pocket of pus around your tooth isn't some idiopathic disease; something caused it to form and knowing what caused it can help you prevent it from happening again. Main causes of a dental abscess include:
Poor oral hygiene
A diet high in sugar
Grinding your teeth ("bruxism")
A history of dental work
A cracked tooth
If you have a dental abscess, you may not even be too worried about what caused it. What you're really focused on is just one thing – getting rid of that pain!
Minimizing Pain from a Dental Abscess
If you already have an appointment with us, you can reduce the pain from your abscess by doing the following:
Rinse your mouth three times a day with salt water. This can help reduce the symptoms of the infection.
Avoid extreme temperatures. Don't eat foods that are excessively hot or cold, as they can irritate the site.
Don't drink soft drinks or juices. These drinks are high in sugar and acid, which can make the pain worse.
Take an NSAID. An anti-inflammatory pain reliever like ibuprofen can help reduce the swelling and the pain associated with a dental abscess.
It's important to note that not all dental abscesses are painful. Other signs of an abscess include darkening of your tooth, a "pimple" by your teeth, or a bad taste in your mouth.
If you suspect you have a dental abscess, give our office a call today. Our highly trained staff will examine your tooth, take an x-ray of it, and help you come up with a treatment plan to get rid of both the infection and the pain.