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Do You Have an Abscessed Tooth?

No one wants to think about the words “abscessed tooth” applying to their own mouth, but to paraphrase Sun Tzu, it’s a good idea to know your enemy. Causes of an abscessed tooth include:

When a tooth is compromised by one or more of these conditions, bacteria may enter the pulp of the tooth and form a buildup of pus called an abscess. Left untreated, a serious infection may result. Some symptoms of an abscessed tooth may include:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Redness in the gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Fever

There are different methods for the treatment of an abscessed tooth. Fort Worth Cosmetic & Family Dentistry will assess the severity of the infection and may recommend one of the following:

  • Antibiotics to kill the infection
  • Draining the infection
  • Cleaning between tooth and gum
  • Root canal treatment

Practicing good oral hygiene and keeping up with routine dental checkups will reduce the likelihood of developing an abscessed tooth. If you want to discuss a troublesome toothache or any other oral health issue with your Fort Worth dentists, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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