What Is Dental Abscess

Posted on : 13-01-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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An abscess is a collection of pus. Pus is a thick fluid that usually contains white blood cells, dead tissue and bacteria (germs). The usual cause of an abscess is an infection with bacteria. The abscess typically originates from a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. A dental abscess occurs when the nerve of a tooth has become infected. This is usually due to dental decay, but may also be caused by injury to the tooth. A dental abscess can cause toothache and other symptoms.Without treatment, the condition is likely to become worse, and you may lose the affected tooth.

What are the symptoms of a dental abscess?

Symptoms typically include one or more of the following:

1. Pain (toothache)
2. Swelling of the gum
3. Swelling of the face.
4. The affected tooth may become tender to touch, and may even become loose.
5. High temperature (fever)
6. Spasm of the jaw muscles.

How can a dental abscess be avoided?

Keeping your teeth healthy is the best way to prevent dental abscess.Try to avoid cavities by reducing your intake of sugary foods and drinks – have them as an occasional treat, at mealtimes only.Brush your teeth twice daily using a toothpaste containing fluoride. To get the most benefit from the fluoride, do not rinse the toothpaste away after brushing. Visit your dentist regularly, at agreed intervals.

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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