Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What Causes a Tooth Abscess?

If you experience throbbing pain in your tooth or gums that will not go away or oral sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, you may have developed what is called a tooth abscess. An abscessed tooth is a painful infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and the tooth that is typically caused by severe tooth decay. The good news is that it can be prevented and treated. At Southern Cross Family Dental depending on the type of abscess that is present, treatment may include drainage, antibiotics, and/or endodontic therapy.

Dental abscesses may range from mild to severe. If the abscess has spread to a superficial area, there is typically tenderness to the touch of the infected area. Most abscesses are painful, so people usually seek treatment immediately. If the infection is not treated, it can damage the surrounding bone and teeth. Daily brushing and flossing along with regular dental checkups can prevent tooth decay and dental abscess.

If you are experiencing extreme inflammation of your gums, give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about the services provided at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call our office at 719-471-1717.

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