Dental abscesses – how to identify them and what to do
If you think you may have a tooth abscess, it is important to see an emergency dentist in Mackay as soon as possible, but abscesses aren’t always easy to identify. If you suspect an abscess, call us at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, and our staff will be able to help you identify it and book an emergency appointment if needed.
What is an abscess?
An abscess is a pocket of pus around the root of a tooth. They sound disgusting and can be very serious. Abscesses are caused by infection, so they won’t get better by themselves. This is why it is important to see an emergency dentist in Mackay if you think you may have an abscess, otherwise it is likely to get worse. The infection and abscess could be down to one of a number of reasons, such as a cracked tooth, a deep cavity or gum disease. Whatever the reason, a visit to an emergency dentist in Mackay will be necessary.
What are the symptoms of an abscess?
Abscesses can cause a range of symptoms, some more serious than others. If you find a bump on your gum, a bit like a pimple, that oozes liquid when you press it, it is almost certainly an abscess. However often they are harder to spot. Pain and swelling are common symptoms, as well as the gums looking redder than usual. Sometimes you may notice a bad taste in your mouth, and it may hurt to chew. Rarely, abscesses can cause symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes and even trouble breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, call an emergency dentist in Mackay immediately.
What happens if an abscess isn’t treated?
If an abscess is left without treatment, you run the risk of the infection spreading. If the abscess doesn’t drain, it can easily spread into your jaw, and from there is can spread into other areas of your head and neck. It can even develop into sepsis, a life-threatening infection.
Treatment for abscesses
When you visit an emergency dentist in Mackay to have an abscess treated, they may give you antibiotics for the infection, but they will also treat the cause of the infection.