Focus on Emergencies: Abscessed Tooth

a woman suffering from abscessed toothWhen it comes to pain, there’s nothing quite like an abscessed tooth to take over the whole head. An abscess is an infection, either between the tooth and the gum, or at the root of the tooth.

Often caused by severe tooth decay, abscesses can also be the result of a broken or chipped tooth or gum disease.

It is a good idea to register with a dentist, such as Garden View Dental Care, that has an emergency appointment service, and makes a point of fitting in emergency appointments on the day the patient rings up.

Having an abscess is definitely cause to get to the emergency dentist in Buckinghamshire as soon as possible. The reason for this is that there is serious danger of losing the tooth if it is so badly infected that an abscess has formed. This kind of severe infection usually happens when there is an opening in the tooth enamel. Bacteria can slip through the crack and get into the pulp, the inner part of the tooth, and infect it. The infection can then travel downwards into the root, and from there into the jawbone.

Symptoms of an abscess

Look out for these signs of an abscessed tooth, which will require a visit to the emergency dentist in Buckinghamshire:

  • a continuous, severe toothache creating a throbbing or gnawing pain, or sharp or shooting pain;
  • a heightened temperate;
  • pain when eating;
  • teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold;
  • a bitter taste in the mouth;
  • very bad smelling breath;
  • swollen neck glands;
  • general discomfort, uneasiness, or feeing unwell;
  • red and swollen gums;
  • a swollen area on the jaw;
  • an open, draining sore on the side of the gum.

It is not a good idea to cancel an emergency appointment for an abscessed tooth even if it stops hurting. A loss of pain can mean that the pulp has been destroyed by the infection, but not that the infection has gone away. It can continue to spread and destroy tissue.

The emergency dentist in Buckinghamshire will probably drain the abscess through the tooth. They may also remove diseased root tissue and place a crown over the tooth. They may have to extract the tooth.