WHAT IS AN ABSCESS?
An abscess is the collection of pus following any infection, occurring
within the body. When pus accumulates in relation to a tooth it is known as
dental abscess. It can occur following an infection around the root of a
tooth, in the gums or within the jawbone.
1. The most common cause is tooth decay. Tooth decay is a
slowly progressing infection destroying the tooth and its
contents. This infection descends down from the pulp to the tip of the
roots and spreads into the surrounding bone. The pus formed is a result of
2. Injury to a tooth from a fall or blow can also result in a dental
3. Bacteria or food particles trapped within the gums or between the
tooth and the gum can cause an infection resulting in an abscess.
Medical problems such as diabetes can result in frequent occurrence of
1. Pain associated with or without chewing
2. Redness and swelling in relation to the concerned area
3. Difficulty in swallowing
4. Foul tasting discharge within the mouth
5. Foul breath
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ABSCESS IS NOT TREATED?
If left untreated the bag of pus break's open into the mouth or the face
causing recurrent discharge of pus. This can result in foul breath, foul
taste or an ugly scar on the face.
At times the infection spreads within the face and the neck region
resulting in certain life threatening conditions.