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Dental Abcess

 A dental abscess is a collection of pus that can form in the teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection.
Bacteria are found in plaque (a byproduct of food, saliva and bacteria in the mouth). Plaque damages teeth and gums and can eventually infect the soft tissue inside a tooth or gums, forming an abscess.
There are two types of dental abscess:

  • periapical abscess (the most common type), when bacteria infect the inside of the tooth as a result of dental decay
  • periodontal abscess, when bacteria infect the gums
See Causes of dental abscess for more information about the two types.
Dental abscesses can be very painful and tender and can make a person feel unwell.

Outlook

Without dental treatment, a dental abscess will get worse and may lead to the destruction of surrounding bone and other serious health problems.
Your GP will be able to prescribe appropriate treatment, but the only long-term solution for a dental abscess involves treatment from a dentist.
This animation explains in detail what a dental abscess is, why it occurs and how it can be treated.




Source: NHS Choices

6 comments:

Hannah said...

Great info about abscesses. My friend recently had a periapical abscess, and it seemed awfully painful. Thanks for the helpful movie as well!

Surgical Dentist PA said...

Hi!

I am a surgical dentist student working par-time in PA dental implants. Normally we have a lot of patience with dental abscess. It's terrible, and they really need dental attention. Anyway, I am further searching about the causes of this dental disease and thanks to your post. It adds up with my knowledge.

Syneron dental lasers said...

Wonderful post! Thanks for the educational video as well!

dennis said...

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periodontics said...

abcess can sometimes, feels you are with fever. There are lot of ways to prevent this.

Cosmetic Dentists Melbourne said...

A dental abscess is considered as a dental emergency, the patients must make sure to get treatments as soon as possible

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