Abscessed tooth is a very painful condition that causes infection of the root of the tooth. It can also be due to the infection of the area between the tooth and gum. Abscessed tooth is caused mainly caused by tooth decay or bacterial infection or trauma on tooth. If you watch closely then you can find a small hole near the affected tooth and at times the pus formed may drain out through this hole otherwise it may cause more problems.
Causes for Abscessed Tooth
The major cause for abscessed tooth is the presence of cavities on the tooth. These cavities can be the result of tooth decays which in turn in caused by plaques that are developed on the tooth. The bacteria living inside the plaque or tartar produce acid substances that eat the tooth and dissolve the tooth wall and thus produce the cavities. Cavities pave the way for bacterial infection that results in abscessed tooth.
Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues and the bones that support the tooth. In initial stage it may cause bleeding gums while brushing the teeth but if neglected it may later cause serious infection and abscessed teeth. Dry mouth is also a reason for developing abscessed tooth. Similarly chipped or broken tooth may also leads to abscessed tooth.
When the bacteria get a chance to enter the tooth, then it will infect center and cause pus. In severe cases the infection may spread from root to the bones that support the tooth and thus resulting in a very painful situation.
Symptoms of Abscessed Tooth
Tooth ache is the most commonly seen symptom of abscessed tooth and it will be severe, sharp and continuous. The affected person may have difficulty in chewing food and swallowing. The tooth may be very sensitive to cold and hot foods. There may be swelling and red coloration around the affected tooth, jaw and at times the neck gland may also swell. There may be an oozing of yellow or creamy pus from the tooth. The affected person may feel salty and bad taste in your mouth.
When ever you feel such symptoms check it with your dentist and protect your tooth.