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What is a Tooth Abscess and How is it Treated?

Dental-Tooth-AbscessDid you awaken today with a toothache? Do you have severe and persistent throbbing pain radiating through your jaw and neck area? Are you running a low grade fever? If so, you may well have developed a tooth abscess. A tooth abscess is caused by bacterial infection, and causes pockets of pus to build up underneath or in the soft pulp of your teeth. The pulp is the innermost part of the tooth that contains the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. Bacteria will enter through either an untreated dental cavity or a chip or crack in your tooth and spread all the way down to the root.

Other Symptoms of Tooth Abscess

In addition to those mentioned above, here are some other symptoms you should be aware of:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Swelling in your face or cheek.
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck.

How Are Tooth Abscesses Treated? Learn More »

Possible Complications

Tooth abscesses are a very severe infection, and will not go away without treatment. Left untreated, your pain will become more severe, and the infection can spread to your head and neck area. Eventually, it can turn into sepsis – a life threatening infection that spreads through your entire body. We don’t want that happening, and neither do you!

Have Pain in Your Tooth, Neck Area or Jaw?

If so, give us a call before it becomes something more severe. The earlier you have an abscess treated, the better off you are and I can assure you the better you will feel. Give Dr. Anthony (Tony) Caramico a call, he’ll take care of it for you. Dr. Tony has been serving Midland Park, NJ and Bergen County, NJ for many years.

Call Dr. Tony at Midland Park Family Dentistry today at (201) 447-5555.

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