You’ve probably been told about the importance of regular dental visits and how they’re your best opportunity to build and maintain a bright, healthy smile that can last a lifetime. Regular visits with your dentist at Highland Woods Dentistry in South London can be instrumental in catching a small problem in your mouth before it develops into something more sinister, like a dental abscess and/or gum infection.
What is a dental abscess?
A dental abscess is an infection that develops in the gums, or inside the tooth. When these infections start, pus begins to build up in the infection site, and, without early care or intervention, it grows more serious with time.
There are two different kinds of dental abscess.
A periapical, or tooth abscess, occurs under the tooth, affecting the root. These abscesses develop when bacteria get into the interior of the tooth that houses the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. This usually occurs when a tooth is cracked or split to the point of exposing the root.
A periodontal abscess is an infection and buildup of pus in the gums. Periodontal abscesses usually develop in cases of significant periodontal disease. In these situations, the gums have usually pulled away from the teeth, allowing spaces to form where the infection can live. Periodontal abscesses can usually be avoided through regular, preventative dental care.
What do I do if I have a dental abscess or gum infection?
Dental abscesses and gum infections can be extremely painful, causing you enough discomfort to prevent you from completing day-to-day tasks. These situations require immediate help from Dr. Keith Luzzi, your family dentist. Call to schedule an appointment right away.
While you’re waiting for your appointment, you may experience some relief through regular rinses with warm salt water which may help alleviate some of the infection. Over the counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil can also help if recommended by your dentist or doctor.
There are different treatment plans available for dental abscesses or gum infections, depending on the location and severity of the problem. Some can be drained and treated with antibiotics, while others will require a root canal. It’s important to see your dentist right away to determine which is best in your specific situation.
If you suspect you may have a dental abscess or gum infection, call your family dentist in South London today. We’ll schedule an appointment to get you in as soon as possible, assess your situation, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.