Make no mistake about it an Abscessed tooth is a very serious matter. In fact, if you leave your tooth infection untreated for a long period of time it will actually kill you. Now, keep in mind that this is the worst-case scenario and most people with an abscessed tooth are smart enough to get it treated immediately. However, the last thing you want is an infected tooth becoming so bad that it obstructs your airway and forces you to be intubated.

One thing that we do want to make clear is that this page is going to tell you everything you need to know and do to deal with an abscessed tooth. We thought that the best way to kick things off was to teach you what an abscessed tooth is (in case you have never heard the term.)

Abscess Tooth ‚Äď What Is It?

Abscess Tooth- Causes, Symptoms, TreatmentAn abscessed tooth is a severe infection that usually shows up on the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. As stated above, if you discover that you have an abscessed tooth you need to get it treated immediately. This is not something to play around with because if you leave this problem untreated for a long period of time you could potentially die.

Causes

A number of things can cause an abscess tooth. We were kind enough to put the most common causes in a list for you below:

  • Tooth Decay (Usually Very Severe Tooth Decay.)
  • Bad Trauma To The Tooth (Examples: Being Hit With A Baseball, Falling Off A Bike.)
  • In Some Cases, A Tooth Can Be Susceptible To Infection After A Crown Or A Filling Has Been Put In.
  • Broken Or Chipped Teeth.
  • Gingivitis
  • Gum Disease

Symptoms

We are going to try to be as accurate as possible for you in this section. We know from interaction with our visitors that getting the symptoms of a certain problem right is extremely important. So here we go….

  • Abscess Tooth Can Sometimes Result In A Fever.
  • A Constant Toothache That Never Stops.
  • Sensitive Teeth.
  • Horrible Smelling Breath.
  • Severe Swelling.
  • A Bad Taste In Your Mouth.
  • Gum Drainage.
  • Gum Swelling.

Potential Complications

 Abscess ToothIf you still aren’t getting the big point of this page (Abscessed Teeth Are EXTREMELY Serious.) Then we assure you that this section will alert you to the seriousness of the situation you may potentially be in. If an abscess tooth goes untreated it can develop into cellulitis which can potentially produce Ludwig’s Angina. Which if untreated can be….

LIFE-THREATENING!

What You Need To Do!

We highly recommend that you see a dentist as soon as humanly possible. If you call your regular dentist but they don’t have an open spot until next week DO NOT WAIT AROUND FOR THEM. It is their job to recognize the seriousness of your situation and cancel appointments to MAKE time for you.

Anyways, what you can do if your regular dentist won’t see you is to locate an emergency dentist on your own.

Abscess Tooth Treatment

How do you treat someone with an abscess tooth?

Believe it or not, this is a bit of a tricky question. You see, the answer revolves around a number of factors. Really the ultimate goal when it comes to the treatment of an abscessed tooth is to cure the infection and preserve the tooth. However, you can run into problems when the infection that a certain patient might have is so bad that there is no choice but to remove the tooth altogether.

Regardless, to eliminate the infection you will most likely have to undergo root canal therapy.

Afterward, your doctors will probably highly recommend that you take Advil or Motrin to relieve some of the pain you will be feeling.

FAQ

Can a tooth abscess go away on its own?

This kind of¬†infection¬†is called an abscessed¬†tooth, or a periapical¬†abscess. These infections don’t¬†go away¬†on their¬†own, so it’s important to see your dentist if you think you have one. If it’s not treated, it¬†can¬†spread to your jaw or other areas of your head or neck.

How can I treat an abscessed tooth at home?

There’s no¬†way to treat a gum abscess at home. To reduce¬†pain¬†and sensitivity until you see a dentist, rinse your¬†mouth¬†with warm salt water or take over-the-counter¬†medication¬†like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation

Is an abscessed tooth dangerous?

A periapical tooth abscess usually occurs as a result of an untreated dental cavity, an injury or prior dental work. Dentists will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious, even life-threatening, complications

Will a tooth abscess go away with antibiotics?

Although antibiotics may help clear up a tooth infection, they are only one part of the solution. Most tooth infections require a dental procedure, such as a root canal or tooth extraction, to completely clear up. Prompt treatment is important to keep the infection from spreading

Is a gum abscess an emergency?

Tooth abscess is absolutely a dental emergency. If you have a tooth abscess, you need to seek treatment immediately. Left untreated, abscess can lead to infection that spreads through the body causing serious and even life-threatening effects. The sooner these issues are treated the better!

How long does a tooth abscess last?

It can take a few weeks for the tenderness and swelling to subside, so it is a good idea to keep taking approved painkillers. If you need stronger medication, because the pain is too intense, talk to your dentist. The average extraction takes around three to four weeks to fully heal.

What not to eat with an abscessed tooth?

Rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after meals and snacks. Chew sugarless gum after meals and snacks. Limit foods that are sticky and high in sugar such as raisons. Also limit drinks high in sugar, such as soda

How do I know if my tooth abscess is spreading?

Signs of a tooth infection spreading to the body may include:
  1. fever.
  2. swelling.
  3. dehydration.
  4. increased heart rate.
  5. increased breathing rate.
  6. stomach pain.