Dental Health : Dangers of an Abscessed Tooth

Dental Health : Dangers of an Abscessed Tooth

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Today, we’re going to talk about what an abscess
is and how it affects the mouth. An abscess is basically a collection of infection that
is accumulated underneath the gum or the tooth and can cause a severe amount of pain or discomfort
for the patient. It usually manifests in two different ways: you can either have an abscess
in the gums or you can have an abscess in the tooth. And it’s very important to understand
that there is a difference between the two. One is usually a result of something… some
sort of direct trauma to the tooth, whether it be blunt force trauma or a cavity, whereas
a gum abscess is typically due to periodontal disease or also known as gum disease. The
dangers of both of these are that they can cause extreme pain and also damage to the
adjacent mouth tooth structures and anything around the area. With them being so painful
and uncomfortable, they oftentimes warrant pretty extreme treatments such as a root canal
or an extraction or sometimes advanced surgery to remove the abscess. But an abscess is very
dangerous in the fact that it is a bacterial infection and while… and is localized in
the gums or the tooth. If it’s left unattended to, it can spread to other areas and cause
a lot more significant damage. So for example, for an abscess, again, we discussed how there’s
two different areas where you can get an abscess. The other thing is on an abscess, it’s typically
characterized by a bubble or a blister, so if one realizes that they have a bubble or
blister around the tooth or the gum, it is likely that it is an abscess. So again, the
source of a tooth abscess typically occurs within the tooth, but it occurs down by the
end of the root. And again, what you typically see is a blister or a bubble, and it’s very
mobile. You can push on it and it hurts extremely to pressure, and it basically makes the area
very throbby. In contrast, you can also have a gum abscess, which typically occurs a little
farther up around where the gum basically meets the tooth. This can be due to having
gum disease. This can also be due to getting some sort of food entrapment between the gum
and the tooth. For example, if you get a popcorn kernel stuck down in between the gum and the
tooth, your body will initiate an abscess reaction response where the tissue will swell
up and be extremely uncomfortable.

26 thoughts on “Dental Health : Dangers of an Abscessed Tooth”

  1. i have one on my gum it is wednesday and my mum said i can see the dentist on saturday, and it reaalyy kills!!, should i pop it or should i wait till the dentist?

  2. Or you could fly all the way to England, see a dentist on the NHS, pay a mere £40 for a RCT( regardless of type of tooth), will at most take 30mins( rubberdam is extra),( incidentally,hairderessers here will charge you more for a hair cut), and you will have alot of money left to enjoy your stay in England, and on your return back home, there is a good chance that you will need an extraction!

  3. I had a tooth abscess as a result of trauma caused by a dentist grinding a tooth down prior to fitting a crown-he fitted a crown to this healthy tooth,supposedly to 'protect' it from the opposing tooth which was crowned…this dentist killed a healthy tooth just to profit from the procedure and I now suffer from secondary neurological symptoms-dizziness,fatigue,etc,as a result of bacteria still in my jawbone,left after the dead tooth was extracted…beware of unethical dentistry!

  4. I had a popcorn kernel get stuck, did not even realize it, noticed my gums throbbing and swelling one night and new something was in there.. Flossed a bunch, listerine.. Nothing.. Then I got the idea to use bubble gum and dental floss.. I chewed up a piece of gum, then took sips of cold water to make the gum stiffer.. Once it was cold I then wrapped the gum around the area that was hurting, while still cold, flossed the gum down between my teeth.. BAM kernel out right away!! I have done this several times since and had the same result:) can't say it works everytime for everyone.. But I wanted to share

  5. My teeth aren't abscessed I don't think but my teeth are rotting in my mouth. I'm trying to avoid going to the dentist but i'm worried they will one day get abscessed and i might not have a choice.

  6. i have both types of abscess…gum and tooth :c it hurts like hell…im pretty sure i got it from a cracked filling…

  7. Root canal isn't really an "extensive" type of repair. My root canal was done in 30 minutes. Also, stop chewing on your nails….bad habit!!!

  8. I had an abscess..very painful..I swished with salt water a few times..then I crushed one clove of garlic..and put it on the abscess just once..and my abscess went away.the garlic burnt the abscess as well as my lips a little…but it worked.

  9. I have an absessed tooth with no pain. Sometimes I wake up with a face rash almost like an allergic reaction. My face and face only will be itchy, warm and red. This will last for 2-3 days at a time. It's happened a few times. I had been chalking it up to be a reaction to a facial product I used seeing as though I always try new ones. After watching this… I'm concerned. Could an abscessed tooth be the cause of this type of rash and does this mean the infection has spread?

  10. Gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease are inter connected with several other health problems. Everyone should know about that to prevent from them. Please click the link if you also want to know more about how the gum diseases have other dangers on our health.

  11. so how long does it take for a tooth infection to be left unattended to before it spreads to your blood stream or causes life threatening damage? That's what I can't seem to find anywhere 😔

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