Severe toothaches are one of the most common reasons new patients come to our Quincy dental practice. The pain can be overwhelming and treatment provides such relief. Many times, toothaches are caused by a tooth abscess. Here’s what you need to know about abscessed teeth:
An abcessed tooth is an infected tooth. This infection most commonly takes place at the root of the tooth, near the gumline, or anywhere that the enamel has worn through or been damaged, allowing infection access to the interior of the tooth.
Poor dental hygiene is one of the leading causes of abscessed teeth. Regular dental cleanings aren’t just to give you a pretty smile – they’re to make sure your mouth stays healthy and pain free. The signs you have an abscessed tooth include pain, fever, a bitter taste in your mouth, or horrible bad breath. Your gums can turn red and swollen; you may have open, draining sores appear in your mouth.
Treating an abscessed tooth is not a do it yourself job. You can’t fix an abscessed tooth with mouthwash, liquor or pretty much any of the home remedies you find on the internet. You need a dentist. If you’re in Quincy, come see us. If you’re somewhere else, see a licensed, qualified dentist.
The infection associated with an abscessed tooth can be so bad that the pulp and nerve inside the tooth ‘dies’. At this point, you may feel no more pain. This doesn’t mean the problem is solved! The infection is still in your system, and can spread, impacting your other teeth, gums, and overall health. The only way to effectively, completely treat an abscessed tooth is to get rid of the infection.
Abscessed teeth have been around for as long as people have had teeth. Researchers have recently found a 14,000 year old molar with evidence of a treated abscess – imagine how much fun that must have been! Luckily, tremendous advances in dental care have been made, and when you visit your Quincy dentist, you’ll have a much safer, more pleasant experience.