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How to identify, cure and prevent Tooth Abscess?

May 10th,2018

Dental abscess is one of the dental issues which needs to be treated immediately. People who are suffering from mouth abscess have higher chances of various oral infections and even brain abscess.

Mouth Abscess occurs due to the deposition of pus in the internal areas of the tooth or other parts of our mouth. Oral bacteria are the main reason behind the built up of pus. The abscess can be formed anywhere in the mouth but teeth and gums are at higher risk of getting infected by the pocket of pus.

Types of oral abscess

Based on the area where the pus gets accumulated and the abscess is formed, dental abscess is classified into 3 types:
• Periapical abscess
• Periodontal abscess
• Gum abscess (or) Gingival Abscess

Periapical Abscess

Dental cavity is the main reason for this kind of abscess. This occurs when the pus gets deposited in the tooth pulp.

As decayed tooth lose its outer enamel and inner dentin, then bacteria easily enter into the tooth and infects the inner nerves and pulp. Thus the pocket of pus is formed in the root of a tooth and it causes intense pain.

Similar to cavity, the bacterial infection takes advantage of issues like cracked or broken teeth to produce a pocket of pus inside a tooth.

Periodontal Abscess

When the pus gets deposited in the gum pockets that are located close to a tooth, it causes the periodontal abscess. Normally, this kind of abscess occurs in the periodontium tissue and progresses to infect the surrounding tissues and jaw bone.

Gum Abscess

Unlike periodontal abscess, it is formed on the surface of the gum tissue. It does not penetrate into the gum lines deeper and causes only external trauma on the gum lines. If it is left untreated, it begins to progress and will result in periodontal abscess.

Symptoms of mouth Abscess

Tooth abscess shows the following signs when the pus gets deposited inside a tooth or in the gum line.
• Pain in the check, ear, jawbone
• Pain or sensitivity when a tooth is exposed to hot and cold drinks
• Swelling of the face or cheek
• Pain in teeth while biting and chewing
Bad breath
• Fever
• Squalid taste in the mouth

Treatments to cure dental abscess

Depending on the type of abscess, a dentist will prefer the appropriate dental treatment and medications to drain the puss and exhaust the source of infection.

If you are infected with gum abscess, it is easy to remove the pus by simply pressing or applying pressure on the infected area.

In contrast, an X-ray is required to identify the source of infection for the periodontal abscess. Some minor surgical procedures may require to remove the puss if the infection is severe and deep.

When comes to abscessed teeth or periapical abscess, Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is required. As the pus gets deposited in the pulp that lies between the tip of a tooth’s root and root canal, Endodontics treatment is essential to remove infections in the pulp.

Home remedies

If you want to cure and completely get rid of the tooth abscess, make a dental visit to your dentist. Otherwise, there are certain home remedies to reduce the pain caused by mouth abscess. Some of them are as follows:
• Consume soft foods
• Rinse your mouth with Saltwater
• Use hydrogen peroxide to swish your mouth
• Swish your mouth with warm black tea
• Avoid hot and cold foodstuff
• Apply the paste of turmeric mixed with water on the affected part and leave it for few minutes
• Use soft bristled toothbrush
• Chew garlic

Conclusion

Maintaining an effective oral hygiene routine like brushing twice a day, rinse your mouth after every meal and other will prevent tooth abscess.

If you identify the mentioned symptoms, visit your dentist immediately. The mouth abscess left untreated will begin to progress and cause various health complications like sepsis, suffocation, etc.

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