An infected tooth or severe gum disease can cause a dental abscess, a painful swelling at the root of the tooth. A dental abscess requires quick attention and treatment from your dentist.

Key takeaways:

– An abscess will be gently lanced by your dentist, or by an endodontist who specialises in saving teeth.

– Root canal therapy may be required if the infection originated from nerve tissue within the tooth.

– When the tooth cannot be saved, an extraction of the tooth will be necessary.

“An infection in the center of your tooth can happen as the result of decay, an injury, or a cracked or chipped tooth.”

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.