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A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that’s caused by a bacterial infection within the periodontal tissue ( the gums, the jawbone and the dental pulp);
Dental abscesses, which can result in pus formation can be very painful and interfere with daily life. Dental abcesses can be divided in two types: endodontic ( including cysts and granulomas) and periodontal.
In both cases, the main symptoms are swelling (of the face or cheeks), pain and sometimes fever. Further symptoms can be:
In general the main symptoms mentioned above can be alleviated with an appropriate antibiotic treatment.
In the most serious cases the treatment involves incision and drainage of the abscess. Do not worry this procedure is almost pain-free ( under local anaesthesia ).
Furthermore, in order to relieve the patient’s pain and if fever persists the dentist may prescribe anaesthetic or painkilling drugs such as naproxen or paracetamol.
Factors which may contribute significantly to the risk of a tooth abscess are;
“See your dentist promptly if you have any signs or symptoms of a tooth abscess”!
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