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Do you know what the differences between a tooth abscess and a tooth infection are? Would you be surprised to learn that many individuals confuse the two treatments? While they share some similarities, there are also significant differences.

If you have an infected tooth, you could need root canal therapy. You see, your body is often able to fight off infections, but not inside your teeth. Blood doesn’t flow inside your teeth, meaning your tooth won’t be able to fight an infection. Your infection could also spread quickly, meaning it could affect your other teeth as well. In other words, you could need root canal therapy because your teeth won’t heal naturally.

Like infections, your body won’t be able to address an abscess on its own because of limited blood flow in the area. Abscesses result from an infection, and could cause a bubble to form. This bubble may need to be lanced and drained to avoid further issues. If an abscess is left alone, your tooth could ultimately need to be extracted to keep your mouth healthy and strong.

Again, please remember that you may need professional help to deal with an abscess or an infection. If you’re interested in learning more about either of these issues, we invite you to contact Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry at 805-654-1174. Dr. Greg L. Wolfe and our team are eager to hear from you soon.