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Just like any other part other of our body, we can injure the inside of our mouth. If this happens, bacteria can potentially enter and cause an infection—which can lead to a painful swelling filled with pus. If the pus can’t escape the area will become even more swollen and painful. This is known as an abscess. Essentially, an abscess is a barrier that keeps the infection from spreading to the rest of your body.

There are two types of abscesses that can form. First is a gum abscess. This is an infection that occurs in between the tooth and the gum. The second kind of abscess is a tooth related abscess and it occurs in your actual tooth. This happens when the nerve is dead or dying and shows itself at the tip of the root.

How will you know if you do have an abscessed tooth? Luckily, there are some symptoms you can watch for. The most obvious symptom would an open draining sore on the side of your gums. However other symptoms can also occur. These include a fever, bad breath, swollen glands and general discomfort. While you may get some of these symptoms, you probably won’t get all of them.

Treatment of an abscessed tooth can be complicated. Our dentist will first need to drain the abscess and they will perform root canal therapy. A crown will then be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

If you worry that you may have an abscessed tooth, we recommend getting to our dentist right away. Dr. Trevor Murray, DDS and Christian Mazur, DDS and our team are highly qualified and will help with any issue you may have. Just call Allure Dental at 765-477-0331 to schedule an appointment. We are eager to hear from you.