What You Should Know about Tooth Abscess
An abscess in a tooth is one of the most painful dental conditions that you can experience. An abscess is caused by an infection inside of the gums, and this infection can cause throbbing pain throughout the jaw. If you suspect that you have an abscessed tooth, Dr. Alan Frame, Santa Clara dentist, can help.
Severe tooth decay or damage to the tooth that allows bacteria to enter are the two primary causes of tooth decay. These bacteria pool under the gum line, forming a pocket of infection that causes the bone tissue to deteriorate. To clear the abscess, the bacteria must be eliminated by draining the abscess. After the pocket of infection has been drained, you may require an antibiotic to kill any remaining bacteria. In severe cases, a root canal may be required.
The best way to prevent a tooth abscess is through proper oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day and flossing each day help to clear away the harmful bacteria as well as the sugars that the bacteria feed upon before they can form an abscess, periodontal disease, or a cavity.
If you suspect that you have a dental abscess or another dental problem, such as a cavity or periodontal disease, call Dr. Frame to schedule an appointment. Dr. Frame is happy to help his patients clear their infections and develop the healthy oral habits that can help to prevent the occurrence of tooth abscess.
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