Dental Abscess and How to Treat It

If you have a toothache or a cavity that just gives you an occasional discomfort, don’t ignore it! Ignoring a toothache could prove to be more hazardous to your health then you think. A prolonged toothache, tooth infection or cavity could lead to dental abscess.
Dental abscess is a mouth infection that starts in the mouth and can spread to the face, jaw and throat. Bad dental hygiene and care is the primary cause and if left untreated, this could prove to be a very painful situation.


How Do You Know If You Have Dental Abscess

   1. When you leave a cavity untreated, the bacteria from it could infect other areas such as the gums and move on to the cheeks, throat and in severe cases right into the jaw. Once the tissues become infected and inflamed, the whole area becomes extremely painful.
   2. The infected site is filled with pus and becomes increasingly painful unless you seek treatment. The dentist will then drain the pus surgically. If you still do not seek treatment then the abscess is likely to burst on its own.
   3. Your gums will become tender to the touch and you might find yourself cringing in pain when trying to open the mouth.
   4. In extreme cases, where the infection has spread to the throat, the swelling can block the airway which leads to breathing difficulty.
   5. Fever, nausea, chills, vomiting and sweating can also be caused by severe dental abscess.
Do not wait until your abscess progresses to the point of severe pain. Seek treatment as soon as you suspect that you have dental abscess or if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above.