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Common Dental Problems

Abcessed Tooth: What You Need to Know

Dr. Ryan Mooney is available to provide San Antonio emergency dental services if you are experience pain or have a dental issue that needs to be addressed right away. An abcessed tooth is a fairly severe dental problem that should be addressed immediately.

What is an Abcessed Tooth and How Does It Happen?

An abcessed tooth, simply put, is when a tooth’s root or the area around it becomes infected. This is most often the result of severe tooth decay or gum disease, which damage a tooth and its nerve and root vulnerable. Once the tooth is compromised, bacteria are able to reach and infect pulp of the tooth, the soft tissue in the center of the tooth that holds the nerve. Symptoms include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Pain when chewing
  • Fever
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Redness and swelling of the gums
  • An sore on the gum near the tooth

Because an abcessed tooth is an infection that reaches a tooth’s nerve, it is often very painful. The infection can even kill the tooth’s nerve. This will stop the pain, but the infection is likely still there and needs to be treated or it could spread and damage surrounding teeth, bone or gums.

How Is an Abcessed Tooth Treated?

Dr. Mooney will be able to diagnose your problem. If the tooth is abcessed, the infection will need to be eliminated. This is often done through a root canal, which will allow the infection to subside and remove damaged root tissue. If needed, antibiotics will be prescribed to fight off the infection.

With good oral hygiene and regular preventive dental care, you can avoid most cases of abcessed teeth. Regular exams can also catch signs of tooth decay or dental problems early, before they develop into abcessed tooth or other problems.

If you need dental help, don’t wait! Call Dr. Mooney and we’ll help you as soon as possible to get relief and a lasting solution for an abcessed tooth and other dental problems. Mooney Dental is proud to serve patients in San Antonio, Texas.


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