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Abscessed Tooth: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments

Is your tooth causing unbearable pain, disrupting your sleep, or affecting your daily life? You might be dealing with an abscessed tooth, a condition that demands prompt attention to alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications.

At Southwest Oral Surgery in Glendale, Arizona, we specialize in addressing abscessed teeth through effective treatments tailored to your needs. Below, we’ll delve into the specifics of abscessed teeth, symptoms to watch for, causes, and how we can help you find relief.

Understanding Abscessed Teeth

An abscessed tooth signifies a bacterial infection within the tooth, typically stemming from the death of the pulp inside. This infection results in the formation of a pocket of pus, leading to pain and potential complications if left untreated.

There are various types of dental abscesses, each with its distinct location and characteristics. Periapical Abscess occurs at the tip of the tooth’s root, often resulting from untreated cavities or dental trauma.Periodontal Abscess are in the gum alongside the root and have a higher risk of spreading to surrounding tissues. They are commonly associated with advanced gum disease. And gingival abscess appear on the gums and are often caused by foreign objects lodged in the gum tissue or localized trauma.

Abscessed Tooth Symptoms

Recognizing the signs of an abscessed tooth is crucial for timely intervention and relief from discomfort. Symptoms may include a severe, throbbing toothache. The pain is often intense and persistent, making it difficult to ignore. That pain may stay local or radiate to surrounding areas. This painful area may lead to sever tooth sensitivity and difficulty sleeping.

Signs also include swelling around the affected area, a fever, swelling in the face and/or lymph nodes.

Several factors can contribute to the development of an abscessed tooth, including untreated cavities, cracked teeth, gum disease, or foreign objects logged in the gum tissue leading to irritation and infection.

Prevention and Treatment Options

Preventing abscessed teeth involves maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups, and reducing sugar intake. However, if you’re experiencing symptoms of an abscessed tooth, seeking professional treatment is paramount.

At Southwest Oral Surgery, we understand the discomfort and worry that abscesses can cause. That’s why we offer a range of personalized treatment options to address your specific needs and alleviate your pain effectively. We can drain the abscess through a small incision, relieving pressure and providing immediate relief.

If the tooth is salvageable, we can perform root canal therapy to remove infected pulp and preserve the natural structure. In severe cases, extraction may be necessary, but we prioritize your comfort and safety first.

We may also prescribe antibiotics to fight infection and promote healing. Additionally, if a foreign object is the culprit, we’ll remove it to prevent further complications and ensure a complete recovery. Our goal is to get you feeling better quickly and prevent future issues.

Schedule Your Consultation

At Southwest Oral Surgery, we provide exceptional care in oral surgery procedures. We’re here to enhance your smile and restore your oral health. With a focus on patient comfort and satisfaction, we strive to deliver personalized care and effective treatment solutions.

With our expertise and compassionate approach, you can trust us to provide the highest quality of care in the greater Phoenix area, including Laveen, Anthem, Scottsdale, and Avondale. Don’t suffer in silence – contact us now to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, pain-free smile.

Our Experienced Oral Surgeons

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Dr. Robert Buch, DDS, MD

Dr. Buch received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) in 1992 from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia. After serving 3 years as an active-duty dentist in the U.S. Navy, he completed a four-year oral & maxillofacial surgical residency in 1999 at the University of Cincinnati Hospitals in Cincinnati, Ohio. His passion for surgery, medicine, and knowledge led Dr. Buch to complete his Medical Degree (MD) at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2001.