What is an Abscessed Tooth?

Just like any other part other of our body, we can injure the inside of our mouth. If this happens, bacteria can potentially enter and cause an infection—which can lead to a painful swelling filled with pus. If the pus can’t escape the area will become even more swollen and painful. This is known as an abscess. Essentially, an abscess is a barrier that keeps the infection from spreading to the rest of your body.

There are two types of abscesses. The first is a gum abscess. This is an infection that occurs in between the tooth and the gum. The second kind of abscess, known as a tooth related abscess, occurs inside your tooth. This happens when a nerve is dead or dying and typically shows itself at the tip of the root.

These are several symptoms of an abscess. These symptoms include a fever, pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in your mouth, bad breath, swollen neck glands, discomfort, redness or swelling of your gums, and an open, draining sore on the side of your gums.

Treatment of an abscessed tooth can be complicated, however the goal is to eliminate the infection, preserve the tooth, and prevent complications. Our dentist will first need to drain the abscess and they will perform root canal therapy. A crown will then go over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

If you worry that you may have an abscessed tooth, we recommend getting to our dentist right away. Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team are highly qualified and will help with any issue you may have. Just call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 to schedule an appointment. We are eager to hear from you.

Handy Items to Keep in Your First Aid Kit for Oral Emergencies

An injury can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of your body. Even though it is impossible to prevent every oral emergency, you should still keep few simple items in your first aid kit, to help manage these problems when they happen.

Waxed dental floss is a very common tool for many oral emergencies. The waxy coating makes it easy for the strand to slide between teeth or into the gum line to free a foreign object. A floss threader is also handy as it lets you work at the object from a different angle.

If one of your teeth is knocked out there is a chance that your dentist might be able to implant it back into the socket. To have any chance of doing this, the tooth needs to be kept alive. While you can do this by holding it in your mouth between cheek and gums. there are also tooth preservation products that do a better job. Most come in the form of a can containing a nourishing gel, you simply put the tooth in the can and seal it tight.

Keeping a few salt packets and a plastic cup in your first aid kit can help you prepare a salt water rinse quickly. This can help clear the mouth of blood and debris, while also soothing injured tissues. You should not keep antiseptic mouthwash in the kit, as it can actually irritate an injury.

Many oral injuries come with a little swelling. Keeping a few zip-top bags and a washcloth in your kit can help to improvise a cold compress. Topical oral analgesic can be rubbed onto your gums to partially numb the area for a short time.

If you have questions about what items to consider for your oral emergency first aid kit, please call us at (209) 549-1721 to schedule an appointment.