Abscessed tooth is always a complication resulting from the invasion of microorganisms in sour tooth. In this case, microbes pass through the channel in its roots and bring inflammation, which forms the abscess. The most common reason for it is sealed bad tooth, which continues to decay under the crown, then unclean tooth extraction, old and poorly healed pyorrhea; slide morbid matter from the head to the gums and more.
Symptoms of abscessed tooth can be various – from toothache – severe and continuous to fever. Other symptoms are swollen area of the jaw, redness and swelling of the gums, swollen neck glands, ill feelings as when having flu, bad breath, sensitivity of the teeth, pain when chewing.
Sometimes when the tooth dies from the infection the pain stops put the problem persists; the infection is still active and continues to destroy tissue. It is very important to see your dentist even if the there is no pain anymore.
This condition is very dangerous because if left untreated pus may fall in the blood, to spread it to other organs and cause disease (eg kidney).
There are few steps to treat the infection. The treatment must be done from dentist. Main goal is to preserve the tooth. Sometimes the abscess may need to be drained. The procedure is known as root canal. Root canal surgery is recommended to remove any diseased root tissue after the infection has subsided. Then, a crown may be placed over the tooth.
Antibiotics are prescribed to help fight the infection. To relieve the pain and discomfort associated with an abscessed tooth, warm salt-water rinses and medicaments like ibuprofen can be used.
The dentist may also use a low-level laser to relieve the pain and inflammation.
To prevent this condition, it is necessary to keep the mouth clean by proper use environmentally friendly food – one that requires prolonged chewing fresh vegetables and fruits after meals. Even the slightest damage to the teeth should be treated promptly.