If dental trauma or a cavity isn’t treated, your tooth can become infected. If you still don’t get treatment, an infection can develop into an abscess. This pocket of pus forms around the root of an infected tooth. How do you know if you have a dental abscess? Here are four warning signs to watch for:
- Severe Pain
- Increased Tooth Sensitivity
- Bitter Taste In Your Mouth
Pain is the most common symptom of an abscess. It can start suddenly as an intense throbbing in your tooth and gums. It may spread to your neck, jaw, and ear on the same side as the infection. You may experience worse pain when you lie down.
When you have an abscess, hot and cold temperatures can be uncomfortable or even painful. You may notice increased sensitivity when you eat sweet things too. Biting down and chewing can also aggravate the infected tooth.
An abscess is filled with pus. If the abscess ruptures, the pus drains. It leaves a bitter, salty, and/or metallic taste in your mouth. While you may feel instant pain relief after a rupture, this can also be a sign that the infection is spreading. If you suspect a rupture, please contact an emergency dentist.
All infections, including tooth infections, trigger your body’s defense system. A fever is a clear sign your body is fighting an infection. It can also indicate a spreading infection, which can be life-threatening if untreated. If you have a fever and any of the other symptoms listed above, you could have a dental abscess.
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Only a dentist can diagnose a dental abscess. We always try to save a natural tooth if possible with a treatment like a root canal, but if the abscess is severe, a tooth extraction may be necessary.
Keeping up with your routine checkups and professional cleanings, consuming a balanced diet, brushing and flossing every day, and avoiding tobacco products can help reduce your risk of developing a tooth infection. If you have any questions about how to prevent a tooth abscess or need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chittajallu, please contact us today!