FAQs about Abscesses

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Do you know what an abscess is? If so, do you think you may have one? Here are some FAQs about your abscess:

What is an abscess?

Due to a multitude of causes, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease or a cracked tooth, bacteria entering the innermost part of the tooth. Here is where its lifeforce, the pulp, resides. The resulting infection may result in an abscess., wherein pus builds up at the tooth’s root tip in the jawbone and forms a pocket above the gumline.

What are the symptoms of an abscess?

Adding to the visibility of the pus-pocket itself, you may have pain, swelling, gum redness, a bad taste in the mouth, or a fever.

How is an abscess treated?

The healing of an abscess depends upon the harshness of the infection. Dr. Eric Eidbo may prescribe antibiotics so as to destroy the bacteria connected to the infection. He will also likely drain the pus from the area. If the cause is gum disease, he may perform a treatment called scaling and root planing to clean the area of infection. If the cause is a fractured tooth, you’ll need a root canal.

What about prevention?

The best way to prevent this condition is consistent oral hygiene. If it’s time for your dental checkup or if you believe you may have an abscess, please to call our dental office in Concord, California at 925-685-2286. Your oral health is our pride and joy.