When it comes to your teeth, pain is almost never a good sign. Healthy teeth and gums are the cornerstone of longevity and prosperity. But what happens when we experience pain in our mouth? While not all pain is considered equal, an Abscess is a very common bacterial infection that can be treated and cured. Understanding some of the signs of an Abscess is the first step in getting the right treatment as quickly as possible.
Bacterial Infections from Untreated Cavities.
A tooth Abscess is a pocket of bacteria caused by infection. They can occur in different parts of the tooth but are usually seen at the tip of the tooth or the root. An abscess is usually the result of poor oral hygiene from neglected regular dental cleanings, and if left untreated can result in complexities resulting in tooth loss, chronic infection, and spreading.
Symptoms of an Abscess include:
- Severe throbbing pain that can spread to the jaw of the neck.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold.
- Swelling in the face, cheek, or neck.
- Oral odor.
- Salty fluid within the mouth.
The first step in treatment is to consult with a qualified dental team for an initial diagnosis. An oral screening will take place, often coupled with x-rays to verify that the damage has not spread. The abscess is treated by finding and removing the infection. In more severe cases if an abscess has been left untreated, extraction of the infected tooth is needed. In most instances, the bacterial infection is removed and the tooth is restored to its original state.
How Long can an Abscess be Left Untreated?
Because an Abscess is an untreated infection, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Abscessed teeth come in two forms: acute and chronic. Pain level is important for diagnosing the problem but it is not always indicative of the severity. Putting off treatment can result in more pain and discomfort, as well as the potential for infection to spread throughout the rest of the body. The sooner a person seeks treatment, the more likely they will recover with minimal long-term damage.