When the inside of your mouth gets injured or irritated, bacteria may enter and cause an infection. If this occurs, sometimes you will see a painful swelling filled with pus. The sight of this is called a tooth abscess and it’s most commonly caused by severe tooth decay. When a tooth has a dental cavity, it is open to bacteria and germs. This is why it’s important to visit our staff at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center for routine dental checkups and professional cleanings twice a year or as needed.
Prior to the formation of an abscess, the tooth has essentially lost its ability to fight off infection, and bacteria are able to invade the pulp chamber and multiply. As the bacteria multiply, the infection usually spreads from the pulp chamber and exits through the bottom of the root into the bone. Abscesses can form very quickly. Sometimes they form only one or two days after the infection starts. If the pus can’t drain out from the area it will get more swollen and painful. Because of the severity of the pain, people usually seek treatment right away.
If you are experiencing pain in your teeth or gums, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.nicholascosmeticdentalcenter.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center in Philadelphia, PA, call 215-279-1193.