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Importance of Checking a Dental Abscess Immediately

January 17, 2023

Oral infections, such as a dental abscess can significantly impact our overall health and well-being. Since an abscess can form quickly, it’s best to visit your Marco Island emergency dentist if you feel any discomfort or pain in your gums or teeth.

A Marco Island emergency dentist and his assistant treating a patient

What Is a Dental Abscess?

It’s a bacterial infection produced by the accumulation of pus that causes inflammation and pain in the area. They form at the tip of the nerve root, usually as a result of untreated cavities.

What Are Their Consequences?

Besides affecting your daily routine and causing you pain, the tooth abscess may worsen, causing you great harm. You should get emergency services right away, otherwise, this could happen:  

1. The Abscess Can Burst

If this infection isn’t treated in time, the tooth abscess can burst. You would immediately notice the unpleasant taste of the fluid secreted in your mouth. In this situation, you will still require treatment to fight the infection.

2. The Infection Can Spread

Tooth abscesses occur when bacteria enter the pulp of your tooth. The pulp contains various nerves, tissue, and blood vessels. The infection can spread to the jawbone, surrounding tissue, or even to other areas of the body. A sign that the infection has invaded other areas is swelling or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

3. Danger of Sepsis

The presence of an abscessed tooth for a long time without treatment could cause severe, even fatal, damage. The accumulation of pus generates a large infection that gets stronger as long as you don't treat it.

If the fluid from the abscessed tooth isn’t drained, the infection will spread to your jaw, neck, or head. In more severe cases, you could suffer from sepsis.

A Marco Island emergency dentist treating a patient with the help of his assistant

Do You Need to See a Marco Island Emergency Dentist? Call Us Now!

It’s necessary to be aware of the implications of not treating an infection. Avoid delaying or worse, ignoring its symptoms. If you suspect an abscess, don’t hesitate to visit us today at Island Paradise Dental.  

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