Abscesses are very painful and if you have a dental abscess, you will need to see your dentist. Dental abscesses are usually the result of a bacteria infection, which may arise from poor oral hygiene.
Types of dental abscess
There are two types of dental abscess including periodontal abscesses, which form in pockets in the gum line, and periapical abscesses, which form in the teeth. Periapical abscesses are much more common than periodontal abscesses.
Abscesses are fluid-filled sacs, which contain pus. Pus is a yellow fluid, which contains harmful bacteria.
Spotting the warning signs of a dental abscess
Abscesses tend to be very painful and pain becomes more intense when you use the affected tooth, you accidentally catch it when you are chewing, for example, or you touch the tooth. Other symptoms may include sensitivity and tenderness, generally feeling under the weather and a high temperature.
If you notice these symptoms, it is important to arrange to see your dentist. Dental abscesses cannot be treated by your GP, as they have to be removed, rather than being treated with antibiotics like skin and internal abscesses.
Treatment for a dental abscess
If you have an abscess, your dentist will treat it by cutting it out and draining it to remove the bacteria. The best way to prevent a dental abscess is to maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist every 6-9 months for a check-up.