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Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that can form in the teeth or gums as a result of bacterial infection.

The commonest cause is the nerve in a tooth having died. This is often due to a deep cavity being present although can occasionally occur following trauma to a tooth.

Bacteria can use the dead nerve within a tooth as a food source, and produce many toxins as they flourish. Treatment involves removing the ‘food’ for the bacteria.

There are two options for this:

  1. Tooth extraction where the ‘food’ is eliminated by the whole tooth being removed.
  2. Root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment (RCT) is often the most feared of all dental procedures. It often involves more than one dental appointment, with a special medicine being placed within the affected tooth between visits to act as an anti-bacterial agent.

Dental abscesses can be extremely dangerous if left untreated. In rare cases, pus from an abscess can drain into the neck and cause massive swelling and obstruction of the airway.

Should you fear that you have a dental abscess and require an emergency dentist, give us a call on 0114 2377642.