Mountain View Dental Emergency – Abscess

A dental abscess or infection may cause throbbing toothache pain. This type of painful infection is located around the tooth and gums, and sometimes causes swelling. Tooth decay that extends deep within the tooth may inflame the pulp chamber of the tooth. A periapical abscess can occur if the nerve within the tooth and the surrounding tissue becomes infected. A periodontal abscess is an infection caused by periodontal disease. For this type of abscess, deep cleaning or gum surgery is usually the recommended treatment. Tooth trauma may also cause a tooth to become abscessed or infected. An abscessed tooth dental emergency may be experienced by an adult or child. Good dental hygiene and regular dental care may reduce the risk of having a dental abscess. Children should be helped to develop good oral hygiene from a young age.

If your tooth is abscessed, you may experience difficulty swallowing, a dull ache, throbbing pain, redness, swelling, bad breath, jaw soreness, a pus filled lump next to the tooth, and/or a fever.

A dental emergency visit should be scheduled immediately with a dentist in the Mountain View area because an infection can be very serious. Dr. Antonious sees established and emergency patients from the Mountain View area for dental emergencies, regular cleanings and examinations, as well as restorative and cosmetic procedures.

Although an antibiotic will not cure a dental abscess, they are frequently prescribed at dental emergency visits to treat the infection. The antibiotic may help lessen swelling and pain cause by an infection, but if the source of the infection is not treated the symptoms will return. Sometimes an extraction is recommended depending upon the amount and location of the decay, and the amount of bone that has been lost around the tooth. The tooth can be removed by a family dentist in the Mountain View area.

A root canal can be done by a general dentist near Mountain View to treat a tooth with a periapical abscess that is caused by a tooth infection and that is restorable. The only other treatment alternative is an extraction. During a root canal procedure, after the patient is given anesthetic, all decay is removed from the tooth, and the blood vessels and nerve within the tooth is removed. A large filling known as buildup is used to restore the inside of the tooth.

A crown is also frequently needed to protect and strengthen the root canal treated tooth. Several different crown materials are available including tooth colored crowns which are very attractive. Based on your bite and anatomy, the dentist will choose a material that is best for the location of the tooth and that will be the most durable.

There are a few good dental habits that when put into practice may reduce the occurrence of a dental abscess. Teeth should be brushed for at least two minutes three times a day, and they should be flossed at least one time every day. Professional cleanings with a dentist or dental hygienist should be scheduled twice a year. An examination will also be done during this appointment. Sugary drinks like sodas, juice, and sports drinks should be limited as well as frequent snacking.