What is a Dental Abscess and What are the Treatment Methods?

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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