Ever wake up in the morning with an excruciating pain in your mouth? Are you overdue to see your dentist in Sugar Land? You may have a dental abscess. The most common types are gum, periodontal and periapical. A gum or gingival abscess is the result of infection or trauma to the surface of the gum tissue. Periodontal abscesses are the result of an infection that has moved deeper into gum areas, and a periapical abscess refers to a tooth with an infection of the pulp.
An abscess typically starts as a tooth infection or cavity, then travels to infect the mouth, jaw, throat or face. The thobbing pain is caused when tissues become inflamed due to the pressure within the abscess. Pus collects at the site of the infection. The condition will become progressively more painful until the abscess either ruptures and drains on its own or is drained surgically. There are several causes of a dental abscess.
- Minor trauma to the oral cavity, such as dental surgery
- Lack of proper and timely dental care
- Poor dental health
- Weakened immune system or other medical conditions
Dental abscesses can also make you generally ill, with nausea, vomiting, fevers, chills, and sweats. Other symptoms include:
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Foul smell to the breath
- Swollen neck glands
To temporarily relieve the pain and discomfort of a dental abscess, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen can be taken. These medications will help the pain, but they will not treat the infection, so follow up with your dentist in Sugar Land for further evaluation.
If an abscess ruptures by itself, warm-water rinses will help cleanse the mouth and encourage drainage. Even then, a follow-up visit to your dentist in Sugar Land is important.