Dental abscesses can be painful but they can be treated relatively easily. A dental abscess is formed when the dental pulp in the middle of the tooth dies and the pulp chamber becomes infected. The build-up of pus can raise the tooth up within the socket, making it feel tender when you bite down.
Tooth abscesses can make your jaw ache and feel tender when you chew. If the abscess bursts, the pain may go, but you should still seek treatment. It’s important that you see us to make sure the problem doesn’t remain untreated with likely greater consequences.
Abscesses occur when tooth decay is left untreated and reaches the dental pulp (the inside of the tooth which holds the blood supply and the nerves), which then becomes infected and dies. The bacteria then spread into the root of the tooth to form an abscess. Avoiding treatment or putting it off may be one of the reasons for an abscess starting.
To be able to treat a tooth with an abscess we will first need to deal with the infection. We are likely to drain the abscess, then perform a procedure known as root canal. This involves putting in a root filling to block off the pulp and the nerve canal. We may prescribe antibiotics.