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There are many possible causes for a toothache, but if you experience severe pain accompanied by sensitivity, swelling, oozing, fever, and swollen lymph nodes, then you may have an abscess. Keep reading to learn more about this dangerous infection and how we treat it.

What Is An Abscess?

When your body tries to fight tooth infection, then it may develop an abscess as a result. If bacteria have accessed the soft, pulp tissues inside of your tooth, then they can create infection that spreads down to the tooth root tip. It is here that the pus pocket of an abscess forms. This is a periapical abscess, though periodontal abscesses (located between the tooth and gum tissue) can also develop, often as a result of gum disease.

How Do We Treat An Abscess?

If you think that you have an abscess, then it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible because the infection can spread to the rest of your body. When this happens, a life-threatening infection called sepsis may develop. We treat an abscess by draining it, cleaning the area, and getting rid of the infection with antibiotics. There are two procedures we may perform to complete abscess treatment: root canal therapy and a tooth extraction.

A root canal procedure is often the best treatment option because it allows you to keep your tooth. We will remove the soft, infected tissues from inside of the tooth, drain and clean the abscess, and restore tooth structure with medicated materials and a dental crown. However, if the abscess has caused too much damage, then we may need to extract the tooth from your mouth. Call our office today to learn more about these procedures.