It will usually start in a tooth as a cavity. The abscess can be prevented by early diagnosis of the cavity and treated.
Acute abscess is often painful. An abscess causesd by a chronic infection is less likely to be painful.
Regular dental exams and x-rays will help to catch infections early on.
numerous reasons that this could happen.
Decay could be present, there could have been a history of trauma to the
area, or there could be a fracture of some sort. It is hard to tell you
exactly what caused the abcess to occur. There could be a lot of pain
associated with an abcessed tooth, or there could be none at all. Often
times a pimple will appear around the area. This is usually an escape
route for the bacteria. Once the pimple is visible, pain usually
decreases, only because the build up of puss/abcess is now leaking into
your mouth and not simply burrowing a hole through your bone. There are a
number of ways to treat an abcess, but is all depends on what type of
abcess it is. IF it is tooth related, then Root Canal treatment will be
necessary. If the abcess is present on a tooth that already had a root
canal, then a second root canal or a re-treatment could be warrented, or
alternatively a procedure called an apicoectomy would remove the abcess and
the infected part of tooth and leave the remaining tooth in place.
Alternatively depending on the condition and or position of the tooth, one
might also choose to have the tooth extracted. Untreated abcesses could
cause major problems if the bacteria gets into the blood stream patients
could become septic, or due to the proximity of the jaw to the brain, the
infection could travel there as well. It is best to get abcesses treated
asap. Usually antibiotic therapy and mild analgesics initiate the healing
process, but most often that alone will not suffice. Futher treatment will
ultimately be necessary, whether that is root canal treatment, extraction,
or apicoectomy all depends on the individual situation. I hope that this
helps to answer your question.
Michael Kratchman, DMD
Yes it can be very painful and if not treated it can spread to the vains and it could spread to the head and cause coma.
Some of the Early signs maybe pain,sensitivity and tenderness.
issues. Both can be treated and reversed if attended to in a timely manner.
Waiting too long can result in extraction.
The second abscess relates to the vitality of the tooth. If the nerve dies an abscess will result if the tooth is not treated. When the nerve dies there are 2 options: tooth removal or root canal therapy (with a subsequent crown to prevent the tooth from fracturing). Left untreated the infection can spread into deeper tissues and even into the brain tissues. =20
There is typically pain associated with an abscess, though this is not always the case. Usually, there is biting pressure with an abscess. Hot and cold sensitivity generally occur prior to an abscess occurring. =20
It is true that secondary infections can occur with a tooth abscess. The mouth and the body are connected and each one affects the other. =20
Hope this helps!
Jennifer Rankin, DDS