Have you been suffering from discomfort in your gums or jaw? Have you even noticed a white pustule that looks similar to a pimple forming on your gum tissue? If so, you could very likely be suffering from an infection known as an abscess. Abscesses can form, visibly, on the surface of the gums, or below the teeth. They can also be quite painful. Unfortunately, if they are left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the smile, and even begin spreading bacteria throughout the body, as well. Fortunately, restorative dental treatment can prevent the spread of infection, and often even save the affected tooth. The key is simply to schedule an appointment quickly, rather than waiting until the pain has become unbearable and tooth has become further damaged.
How Are Abscesses Diagnosed?
When teeth have become badly decayed, much less infected, dental x-rays are often needed to properly evaluate the extent of the damage. In the case of abscessed teeth, it is important to determine the source of the infection, as well as how widespread it has become, so that a treatment plan can be devised accordingly.
How Can A Dentist Help Restore Your Comfort?
For a single abscessed tooth, the dentist may recommend root canal therapy. This can be done through traditional endodontic surgery techniques or lasers which are able to speed recovery time and improve comfort. During any root canal procedure, the tooth will be numbed to keep you comfortable as any and all infected portions of the tooth are carefully removed.
A crown can then be affixed to seal the tooth from bacteria that could otherwise lead to reinfection.
Need Restorative Dentistry?
If you suspect you could have a dental problem, it os important to seek treatment quickly. To schedule a consultation with your restorative dentist, call our office today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza in Tucson, AZ, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.