An abscessed tooth is a tooth that has a pocket of pus in the
tissues around or beneath it. A bacterial infection or gum disease (gingivitis
or periodontitis) may cause the bone surrounding the tooth to dissolve and an
abscess to form.
Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include pain, swelling, and redness
in the gums; a bad taste in the mouth; and fever.
An abscessed tooth is usually treated with:
Antibiotics, to destroy the bacteria causing
Drainage of the infection.
If the pulp of the tooth is infected, root canal treatment will be
done to remove the infected pulp and try to save the tooth. If root canal
treatment is not successful, the tooth will be removed (extraction).
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
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