Abscessed Teeth

Sonoma Endodontics

Dr. Tina Vani

Endodontist located in Petaluma, CA

An abscess in a tooth indicates a serious infection. Consult Dr. Tina Vani at Sonoma Endodontics for immediate diagnosis and treatment of an abscess to relieve your pain and swelling. Men and women in Petaluma, California, can benefit from her expert endodontic care by calling her office or clicking here on the website to book an appointment.

Abscessed Teeth Q & A

What is an abscess?

An abscess is a pocket of pus that won’t resolve on its own. It surrounds a tooth that has an infection and indicates that this infection is likely going to spread to your neck, jaw, or other areas. Typically, an abscess forms when the inner portion of the tooth known as the pulp becomes infected due to a deep cavity, gum disease, tooth decay, or a crack.

Two types of abscesses can form:

  • Peripheral abscess, which affects your tooth root
  • Periodontal abscess, which affects the bone adjacent to the affected tooth

You may develop several abscesses, but they’re all usually related to one infected tooth.

What are the symptoms of an abscess?

You may detect a pimple or blister on your gums that oozes pus when you apply pressure. Other indications include:

  • Swelling and pain
  • Reddened gums
  • Pain in your jaw
  • Fever
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

Sometimes, you don’t experience symptoms with an abscess. It may be detected on a routine X-ray.

How is an abscess treated?

Dr. Vani addresses the infection by prescribing antibiotics, especially if the infection has spread to other soft tissues. You may also need a root canal to get rid of the infected pulp within the tooth. A root canal saves your tooth, but cleans out the internal infection and replaces it with a rubber-like compound known as gutta-percha.

Once all the canals are cleaned and filled, Dr. Vani fills the tooth and ensures you get a crown to restore full tooth function. This removes the infection so the abscess resolves, inflammation decreases, and surrounding tissues can heal.

Even if the abscess ruptures and you feel a reduction in pain, the infection is still present. Seek treatment in this case, even if you feel better.

How can I prevent an abscess?

Good oral hygiene that includes brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings and checkups goes a long way to prevent the infections that cause abscesses. If you detect a crack or chip in a tooth or a tooth is loose, see the dentist right away. You can correct the defect before an abscess forms.

If you detect a pus-filled pimple in your mouth, it indicates an abscess has already formed. Call Dr. Vani or use the online scheduler to book an appointment immediately to have the infection addressed.