A dental abscess is a serious dental emergency that is often misunderstood as temporary. It is the formation pus in the site of an infection. A dental abscess can occur inside a tooth, gums, or in the bones that hold the tooth. Once it begins to develop, it won’t go away on its own, and will only worsen if left unattended.
If you notice pus forming in your mouth, do not hesitate to call your Smiles Nambour dentist right away. Same day emergency appointments for dental emergencies are guaranteed to keep your oral health in tip-top shape.
Dental Abscess: Causes And Symptoms
The pus accumulated in a dental abscess is composed of dead white blood cells, and is yellowish with a foul smell. It develops one or two days after an infection in the mouth.
Hence a dental abscess is not the real problem – it is an indication of a more serious underlying dental issue threatening your oral health. This dental issue is what causes the infection from which a dental abscess develops.
The following are the possible causes of a dental abscess:
- Dead/dying nerve or pulp
- Gum disease
- Severe tooth decay
- Root canal problems
- Poor dental work
- Food stuck in your mouth
Aside from the visible formation of pus, a dental abscess can also have the following accompanying symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Red and swollen cheeks and gums
- Enlarged neck glands
- Pain in the affected area
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks
- General unwell feeling
What To Do
If you have any of the above symptoms, call your dentist immediately. First aid steps offer temporary relief but they do not treat the real problem. Remember, a dental abscess won’t go away or heal on its own- only a dentist can treat it and make sure it doesn’t come back.
For dental abscess, follow these first aid steps:
- Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash or a salt-water solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of lukewarm water).
- Make sure that there is no food stuck in your mouth, particularly at the site of the abscess. Brush and floss gently.
- Take OTC pain relievers. Be mindful of the restrictions. Do not put aspirin on the affected area as this could cause chemical burn.
- If there is swelling, apply a cold compress.
- Visit your dentist immediately.
Dental Emergency Care By Your Sunshine Coast Dentist In The Nambour Region
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