A dental abscess is a pus build-up that forms inside the teeth or gums.
It is typically caused by bacteria in plaque, saliva, and bacteria in the mouth, which stick to the teeth and damage them and the gums.
If the plaque is not eliminated when brushing and flossing, the bacteria may spread inside the soft tissue of the tooth or gums. This can result in a dental abscess.
Dental abscesses are often painful, but in some cases they are not.
In both cases, they should be looked at by a dentist, and as quickly as possible.
Symptoms of Dental Abscess
Symptoms of having dental abscess include:
- Throbbing pain
- Swelling filled with pus
- Inflammation of the gums
- Teeth that are sensitive to pressure
- Foul taste in the mouth
Do not ignore tooth or gum abscess symptoms, as the infection can last months or years and will not go away without treatment.
If left untreated, the infection can cause damage to the teeth and their supporting tissues and bones, and can also advance to the bloodstream, causing more serious complications.
Dental Abscess Diagnosis and Treatment by your trusted Doncaster East dentist
If you think you have a tooth or gum abscess, see your Doncaster East dentist immediately.
Your Doncaster East dentist will perform a thorough examination of the affected area. If the tooth is infected, it will be very sensitive to pressure or tapping, and may often be painful. If the dental abscess is periapical, the swelling at the root will push the tooth upwards in its socket.
While laboratory testing is not usually required to determine whether or not an abscess is present, your Doncaster East dentist will often take an X-ray of the affected tooth and the mouth as a whole to establish the exact location and the size of the abscess.
The abscess may be aspirated and the pus cultured to determine which strains of bacteria are involved. This helps to guide antibiotic therapy if it is needed.
Prevention of Dental Abscess
Time is also a big factor in whether a tooth is allowed to reach the point of infection.
The longer the tooth sits with a problem, the higher the chance of infection becomes.
Once a decayed, fractured, or a sensitive tooth is observed, taking the preventive steps to fix it early will help prevent bigger issues such as an abscessed tooth.
Dental Emergency Care by your Doncaster East Dentist
DonEast Supreme Dental is your trusted dentist for your dental care needs including dental emergencies.
We provide quick and efficient care so you can be free from pain as soon as possible.
At DonEast Supreme Dental, we take care of your oral health and your smile.
Same day dental emergency appointment guaranteed!
Doncaster East dentist also serves local communities in Templestowe, Balwyn North, Doncaster, Doncaster Heights, Donvale, Mont Albert North, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Kerrimuir, Blackburn North, Forest Hill, Nunawading, and Brentford Square.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- Offer payment plan such as Dentacare and Mysmileplan
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for Bupa (Platinum), NIB and CBHS
We are located near Tunstall Square Shopping Centre and offer on site parking for our patients.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)