We all know that if we ever feel an ache or a pain, we will do anything and everything before turning to a professional for help. And once we do, everything is all better. But still, we insist on bearing with the pain until its impossible to take it anymore. Sometimes it’s a simple procedure, but if left unattended, that simple procedure can become something much worse.
An abscessed tooth is an infection at the root of a tooth or between gums caused by decay, trauma to the tooth, gingivitis or other gum diseases. It begins when bacteria infect the soft tissue core of a tooth, travels through a cavity or cracked tooth, and progresses until pockets of pus begin to form at the root of the tooth.
Upon developing an abscessed tooth, you will begin to feel a few symptoms: toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in mouth, bad breath, swollen glands at the neck or jaw and painful chewing. Some patients feel excruciating pain right away, while others are none the wiser and find out during their regularly-scheduled checkup.
The problem with an abscessed tooth is that if left untreated, it can spread infections to other areas of the mouth causing loss of teeth and facial disfigurement due to infection rotting facial bones, and can also put your immune system at risk of developing other health problems. If allowed to grow and spread through tissue, it can cause cellulitis or, in rare cases, death. If you suspect something is wrong with your teeth, schedule a visit to your dentist to prevent anything from progressing.
To learn more about abscessed teeth, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.