What is a Dental Abscess?

A dental abscess is an accumulation of puss in the tooth, gums, or supporting bone and tissue of the mouth. Abscesses are typically caused by a bacterial infection and can result in tooth loss and other serious oral health problems.

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:

  • Localized pain when biting or chewing
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth that does not respond to brushing
  • Fever
  • Difficulties swallowing
  • Lockjaw

These symptoms may also point to other oral health issues and should be brought to the immediate attention of Cary family dentist Dr. Adam Moore.

How is an Abscess Treated?

Tooth abscesses are treated with root canal therapy. With this treatment, Dr. Moore makes a small access hole in the infected tooth through which bacteria and debris can be removed. Once fully cleaned, the tooth is then sealed and covered with a dental crown to help prevent further damage both internally and externally. The process, while often thought of as unpleasant, is no more invasive than a dental filling and can most often be completed in a single office visit.

If you are suffering any of the symptoms of an abscessed tooth, please contact Moore Family Dentistry to schedule an examination today. Dr. Moore welcomes patients from Cary, Garner and surrounding North Carolina communities.

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