A tooth abscess is 100% a dental emergency, and you should get it treated right away. Left unchecked, an abscess can cause serious damage to your oral health and even lead to a life-threatening condition known as sepsis.
Keep reading to find out how to spot a tooth abscess in time and what the treatment looks like.
A tooth abscess is a pocket filled with bacteria that can form inside the tooth, in the gums, or even in your jawbone.
It’s usually a sign that your tooth is infected, though it can also form as a result of gum disease.
Sometimes, the abscess can be visible and form on the gum just below or above a tooth. It will look like a pimple filled with pus. But there are other signs of an abscess:
In severe cases, the abscess can also cause you to spike a fever and even deal with a rapid pulse or disorientation.
If this happens, you should call 911 right away since these are signs you might be dealing with sepsis, a life-threatening complication that requires immediate attention.
When seeing an emergency dentist, they will first inspect your oral health to determine the best treatment plan for your specific conditions.
Possible ways to treat an abscess include:
If you’re dealing with a tooth abscess or any other type of dental emergency, our services are available to help you restore your oral health.
Call Dr. Katie Montgomery at (937) 642-1151 for immediate care.
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