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.
As you know, your body can usually fight off infections well. However, because blood doesn’t flow to the center of your teeth, your body won’t be able to fight off an infection there. If you don’t address this type of infection, the affected tooth could die. If an infection is in the center of a tooth, it can spread to your other teeth quickly. Fortunately, you can usually address this issue with root canal therapy.
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.
Would you like to learn more about an abscess or about an infection? Are you worried about the health of your teeth? Are you simply hoping to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Greg L. Wolfe? If so, please feel free to give our team at Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry a call at 805-654-1174. We’re eager to receive your call.