A dental abscess is an infection deep inside your tooth. It varies from a cavity because a cavity is usually an area of decay that begins outside the tooth; whereas an abscess is an infection that develops inside the tooth in the soft pulp.
You cannot see inside the tooth, so how can you tell whether you have an abscess? There are a few things to look for.
Since you cannot directly observe the pulp in your tooth, you must rely on the presence of symptoms to let you know when something is wrong. If you think that you may have an abscess, it is very important that you come in and let us take a look. It may end up being nothing, but then again, it may be something that requires immediate attention.
The symptoms of an abscess can develop in the tooth itself—pain when you are chewing, a discharge of fluid from around the tooth, or the development of a sensitivity to cold, heat, air, or pressure. These symptoms could all be signs of an abscess.
Other symptoms are visible in the gum around the tooth, such as sores or bumps, discoloration, swelling, an area that is overly warm to the touch, or pain in the gum tissue. Finally, there are other symptoms such as unexplained bad breath or a bitter taste in your oral cavity.
What Do You Do
Come see us! An abscess is not something to take chances on, and if you think there may be a chance that you have one we really need to see you. We can examine you and take any necessary X-rays to figure out what is going on.
Remember that we are here to help you feel your best, so contact us right away!