A tooth abscess occurs when bacteria invade the dental pulp or surrounding gum line if the gums have been cut or irritated. Bacteria can also enter through either a dental cavity or a chip or crack in the tooth and spread all the way down to the root. The symptoms of a tooth abscess are:
-Severe, persistent, throbbing toothache that can radiate to the jawbone, neck or ear
-Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
-Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing or biting
-Swelling in your face or cheek
-Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
In some cases, antibiotics are administered in an attempt to kill the infection. If antibiotics are ineffective and an abscess is shown to be damaging the pulp or lower bony structures, a root canal procedure may be needed to remove the dead pulp and restore the tooth to a healthy state. For more information about tooth abscesses contact the dental team at Summerlyn Dental Care in Bradford, Ontario.