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Q: What Is an Abscess?

A: An abscess is a serious infection in your mouth that can usually be identified as a pimple-like swelling on your gum. It is usually painful. An abscess can be caused by poor oral health or an accident or injury. For instance, if a tooth has been chipped or broken, it’s possible, in the wake of what’s happened, for harmful bacteria to gain access to the center of the tooth, where an infection can take over and start to spread. As the infection spreads, pus will begin collecting within the tooth. Swelling will also become a problem. Together, both of these will contribute to the severe pain and sensitivity associated with an abscess. If the patient doesn’t seek treatment soon, the infection can actually spread beyond just the affected tooth to the rest of the body.

Q: What Are the Symptoms of an Abscess?

A: We've already mentioned a couple of the major symptoms associated with an abscess—swelling and severe pain or sensitivity. But there are also many more symptoms that patients should be aware of. Patients who have an abscess may also develop a fever, have difficulty chewing, notice an unusual odor or a bad taste in their mouth, or see something that looks like a pimple around their gum tissue. Other symptoms may include swelling of the upper or lower jaw, or even in the glands of the neck. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms currently, along with a severe toothache, don’t wait to call one of our emergency dental offices. An abscess may be causing your symptoms and should be treated as soon as possible to prevent serious damage to your smile or your overall wellbeing. We have offices located all throughout Arizona that can meet your most important oral health needs.

Q: How Important Is It To See a Dentist About an Abscess?

A: The short answer is that it's very important. As we just mentioned, an abscess is an infection involving pus, swelling, and other very serious symptoms. What's more, an abscess not only causes severe pain, the abscess can also spread beyond the body. If that happens, your overall wellbeing, and even your life, is put in danger. That's why we think that if you’re experiencing a painful toothache and aren't sure why, you need to call one of our emergency dental offices today to see how we can help you. By making your oral health a priority, you’re not only ensuring that your natural smile has a longer future, you may also be doing something that will save your life.

Have you been experiencing severe pain from one or more of your teeth? If so, we invite you to call Emergency Dental Centers for more information and for advice on what your next step should be. An abscess is a painful, and potentially life-threatening, problem that you don't have to live with. Our emergency dental offices are equipped with some of today's best tools for treating oral health problems of all kinds.

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