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Have you ever heard of an abscess? Do you think you might have one? Here are some frequently asked questions about abscesses:

What is an abscess?

Oral conditions like tooth decay, periodontal disease or cracked teeth can cause bacteria entering the innermost part of the tooth. Here is where the pulp resides, which is responsible for keeping the tooth alive. The infection may mean an abscess, wherein pus builds up at the root tip of the tooth in the jawbone area and creates a pocket on top of the gumline.

What are the symptoms of an abscess?

Adding to the pus-pocket itself, you may experience oral pain and swelling, a reddening of the gums, a bad taste in your mouth, and a fever.

How is an abscess treated?

The procedure for an abscess depends upon the extremity of the infection. Dr. Mehrnaz Iranmehr may recommend antibiotics so as to annihilate the bacteria connected to the infection. He will also probably drain the pus from the area. If the origin of the infection is gum disease, he may perform a treatment called scaling and root planing to clean the area. If the origin is a fractured tooth, you’ll need a root canal.

What about prevention?

The best way to avert this condition is consistent and thorough oral hygiene. If it’s time for your dental checkup or you believe you may have an abscess, just call our dental office in Dallas, Texas at 972-447-9707. Your oral health is our pride and joy.