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Tooth Abscess Pain Relief & Dental Treatment in Watertown MN

Infected teeth are caused by bacteria penetrating through your tooth enamel and dentin into the pulp space to cause an abscess (pulpitis), such that pus begins to collect within. It can also occur when bacteria gets trapped in deep gum pockets. This results in a number of unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • Throbbing pain in the tooth
  • Pain in the surrounding areas, such as the ear, lower jaw, and neck
  • Soreness of infected tooth and surrounding area when biting 
  • Pain in the teeth when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Fever and general feeling of being unwell
  • Difficulty opening your mouth and swallowing

Types of tooth abscesses

If you suspect that you have a tooth infection, it is often best to visit your dentist immediately for diagnosis and/or emergency treatment.Your dentist may discover one of two types of tooth infections:

  • Periapical abscess – It is the most common type of tooth infection. It happens when bacteria enters the enamel and begins to eat away at it, reaching the pulp inside the tooth. A bacterial infection in the tooth pulp causes pus to form around the root of the tooth, enlarging it.
  • Periodontal abscess – This type of abscess is the result of untreated gum disease. The infected gum tissue becomes inflamed and begins to migrate away from the tooth, creating a space that is difficult to clean. Ultimately, a pocket of pus forms at the side of the tooth root to form a periodontal abscess.

Treatment options

Dental abscesses are often treated by removing the pus and resolving the infection. Additional treatments may include:

  • Over-the-counter medication to help with the pain
  • Antibiotics are used to stop the spread of infections.
  • Root canal therapy and then capped with a dental crown to strengthen it
  • Tooth extraction and replacement with a partial denture, bridgework, or dental implant. 

Please visit your dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Affordable Toothache Relief & Treatment Near Me, Watertown MN

Toothaches are usually the result of tooth trauma or a dental condition, such as a cracked tooth, dental cavity, advanced gum disease, an exposed tooth root, or disorders of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint). Pain can be either mild, severe or somewhere in-between, and it can vary from periodic to chronic.

Causes of tooth pain

The most common cause of dental pain is tooth decay, or cavities. Cavities are holes that form in the two outer layers of a tooth (tooth enamel and dentin) when you don’t brush your teeth properly, allowing acid in the mouth to erode them. If cavities are small in size, they may not cause any pain. However, as the cavity gets larger and deeper into the inner living tooth tissue (pulp), severe pain is felt when anything cold, hot, or sweet comes in contact with it.

Other causes of tooth pain include:

  • Dental abscess – a tooth with a severe pulp injury can have an especially high risk of infection.
  • Periodontal disease – bone loss and formation of deep gum pockets that cause gum infection and pain
  • Tooth root sensitivities
  • Impacted tooth
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders – caused by arthritis, jaw injury from impact or recent dental work, or jaw muscle fatigue from habitually clenching and grinding teeth

Treatment for tooth pain

Depending on the diagnosis, your dentist may recommend one or more of the following treatments for a toothache: 

  • Over-the-counter pain relief medication
  • Extraction of an impacted tooth
  • Topical fluoride application for minor tooth sensitivities
  • Dental filling for small and shallow cavities
  • Dental crown for larger cavities
  • Root canal therapy for cases that involve an injured pulp or infection,
  • Tooth extraction of infected tooth followed by tooth replacement
  • Teeth with advanced gum disease will need a thorough cleaning, as well as scaling and root planing in addition to improved tooth care habits.

The most important step is to visit a dentist for an examination of the mouth and teeth. An appropriate treatment may be suggested from that point.

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