Tooth Abscess: Why You Definitely Need To See Your Dentist

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Are you feeling pain in your teeth? So many things can go wrong with our teeth, and you may be able to handle some mild issues at home – for example, if something gets stuck in your teeth and is causing you discomfort. However, if you notice some signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess, you might find yourself googling “how to get rid of a tooth abscess without going to the dentist”.

We understand it is tempting to try and sort out everything by yourself, especially when you are too busy to make time for a dental appointment. In this article, we will look at why you should never try to treat a tooth abscess by yourself, and why you should definitely go to see your dentist as soon as possible.

What is a tooth abscess?

A tooth abscess is caused by tooth decay, broken teeth, or gum disease. This pus producing abscess is a bacterial infection at your tooth’s root, or sometimes between your gum and tooth. Because it is an infection, leaving it unattended can have serious consequences for your overall health.

Symptoms of tooth abscesses

So, how do you know if you have a tooth abscess? Some of the signs of a tooth abscess can include:

  • a bad toothache that can be dull and aching or sharp and stabbing,
  • redness and swelling of your gums,
  • increased tooth sensitivity to temperature changes.

You may also find that you have bad breath and, in some cases, a fever and swollen jaw. If the abscess is open, you may find an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Any one of these symptoms could point to an abscess, and all are worth taking the time to visit your dentist. Even if you are not suffering from an abscess, you may have a different issue that requires attention.

Is a tooth abscess an emergency?

A tooth abscess is considered a dental emergency. If you have any of the above symptoms, contact your dentist immediately. A tooth abscess cannot be treated at home and, if left unattended, it can lead to widespread infection. In most instances, your dentist will arrange to see you the same day you call or arrange an out-of-hours appointment for you.

How is it treated?

How your abscess is treated will depend on its seriousness. In some cases, simply draining the abscess and providing antibiotics, as well as attending to the root cause, is enough. However, in more extreme cases, you may require a root canal or tooth extraction. If left unattended, a tooth abscess can cause such a high fever that you may find yourself hospitalised, which is why getting it treated by a professional dentist is so vital.

As you can see, a tooth abscess can be a serious issue that needs immediate attention. If you think you might be suffering from a tooth abscess or another dental issue, or you just want to make sure that your teeth are as healthy as they can be, get in touch with us at Tomaree Dentistry in Nelson Bay for a personalised approach to taking care of your teeth.


Dentist Dr John Cropley

Dr John Cropley

John is the principal dentist at Tomaree Dentistry in Nelson Bay. He graduated in Dentistry from the University of Adelaide and is a long-standing member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA). He is known for his gentle, calm and caring manner and offers services in prevention-based dentistry, emergency care, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry including endodontics.


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