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Signs and Symptoms of a Tooth Abscess

Understanding our oral health is important for ensuring we take proper care of our gums and teeth. If you’re suffering from pain in your mouth related to your teeth or gums, it is important that you know exactly what the cause is so you can get appropriate treatment.

Pain in the mouth may be caused by an abscessed tooth, also known as an abscess. Here is everything you need to know about a tooth abscess.

What is a Tooth Abscess?

A tooth abscess is an infection that occurs at the root of a tooth or between the tooth and the gum. While a tooth abscess is typically a sign of severe tooth decay, it may also occur if there has been trauma to the tooth, including breaks or chips to the tooth.

When the tooth is damaged or affected by a disease, it can allow bacteria to start to form within the center of the tooth. The infection can then spread to the root of the tooth or even the supporting bones.

What Are Symptoms of a Tooth Abscess?

If you’re only experiencing pain in your mouth, it may not be a tooth abscess. In addition to pain, an abscessed tooth will cause the following symptoms:

  1. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages

  2. Fever

  3. Swollen neck glands

  4. Red, swollen gums or jaw area

  5. Bitter taste

  6. Sores along the side of the gum

How is an Abscessed Tooth Treated?

If you do have an abscess, you will want to seek treatment from your doctor as soon as possible. In order to completely treat the infection and prevent it from spreading, you will want to speak with your dentist as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms.

A tooth abscess will need to be drained through a procedure known as a root canal. A root canal will remove whatever diseased tissue is found within the tooth root.

If you believe you are experiencing a tooth abscess, contact Dr. Anderson’s office to schedule an appointment for treatment. You can reach our Kansas City, MO office at 816.454.3336.

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