Have you ever experiencing throbbing or sharp pain in your gums or toothache before? This may have been caused by a dental abscess.
Dental abscess are a result of a bacterial infection and are characterised by a collection of pus which forms in the teeth or gums. A dental abscess can be very painful and if left untreated can affect your overall general health.
Firstly, it is important to know when you have a dental abscess and the symptoms that are associated with them. Apart from experiencing pain and toothaches- if you have experienced tenderness, extreme and unusual sensitivity, a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath, difficulty swallowing or moving your mouth it could be due to a dental abscess.
If you are experiencing any side effects, it is important to see your dentist to seek advice or treatment. While being painful themselves, dental abscesses if left untreated can affect not only your oral health but general health too.
Osteomyelitis, can result from an untreated dental abscess and is characterised by infection from the teeth spreading to the bones. Osteomyelitis is carried through your body by the blood, so is possible to affect different areas of the body apa rt from the mouth.
Extreme cases of dental abscess can also require hospitalisation, if an abscess has resulted in difficulty in breathing or swallowing.
Dental abscess are often treated with antibiotics, root canal or extraction of the tooth. While not the most pleasant, it is imperative to have dental abscess treated and seen to by your dentist when you first experience pain or other symptoms to avoid further complications.
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