Posted .

Progressing cavities can become excruciatingly painful abscesses. A periapical abscess is when bacteria and decay takes over the inner tooth pulp, killing the nerves, and gains access to the roots, then spreads to the tip where it makes a pocket of pus.

If left alone to spread infection, a dangerous abscess of this type can actually become life-threatening. There are two things that can have to happen when you have a periapical abscess. Initially, the pus will be be drained and the hollow cavity of the roots cleaned and sterilized. This is only if the tooth can be saved. If so, you will most likely receive a root canal and crown. If the tooth has died, it will need to be removed. Extracting teeth is always a last resort for a dentist, but you can be sure that he will fill the space with a cosmetically pleasing replacement implant or bridge.

Periapical Abscess Signs:

-An exquisite, throbbing toothache pain that may reach deep to the jaw and radiate to the ear or neck.

-If the abscess bursts there will be a foul taste in the mouth and sudden relief from pain.

-High fever

-Sensitivity to hot and cold, and whenever there is pressure applied on the tooth from chewing.

-Swollen neck and face.

-Swollen lymph nodes.

If you have a cavity, come see Dr. David Wilhelm before it becomes an abscess. He will be happy to help you. Please contact Newport Dental Arts OC to make an appointment at: 949-752-1210, or come by our office in Newport Beach, California.