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Signs the Pain You Feel Could Be a Dental Abscess

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Ronald Watkins
Signs the Pain You Feel Could Be a Dental AbscessA dental abscess does not always make itself known right away. However, as time progresses, you will realize that something is wrong. If you suspect you have a dental abscess, you need to contact us right away.

What Is a Dental Abscess?

A dental abscess usually results from severe dental disease and infection. The pocket-filled sac of pus can develop next to a tooth's root on the gum, at the tip of the root of a tooth, or on the gum. When an abscess develops at the tip of a root, it is known as a periapical abscess. If it develops beside the gum at the tooth's root, it is known as a periodontal abscess. A gingival abscess simply forms on the gum and may result from a particle of food, such as a popcorn kernel, getting stuck below the gumline.

How Pain from an Abscess Feels

When you feel pain from a dental abscess, you will know it. Usually, the pain is an intense throbbing pain. It usually comes on suddenly before it gets gradually worse. The pain may spread to your jaw, neck, or ear on the same side where the abscess has formed. Many times, the pain will get worse when you lie down, thereby disturbing your sleep.

Other Symptoms

Besides intense pain, your jaw will usually be swollen. The tooth may be tender to the touch, loose, or discolored. Your gums may also be shiny and red. In addition, you will notice a sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or foods. Often, abscess patients will notice a bad taste in their mouth or will have bad breath. If the infection spreads, you can contract a fever and have trouble swallowing or breathing.

Do not wait until an abscess becomes unmanageable. As soon as you suspect you have this type of problem, give us a call immediately. For all of your periodontal concerns, schedule an appointment for a comprehensive periodontal exam (CPE).
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