An abscessed tooth occurs when the inside of your mouth gets cut or irritated allowing bacteria to enter and cause an infection. Sometimes you will see painful swelling and pus coming from the infected area. In some cases, antibiotics are administered in an attempt to kill an infection.
If antibiotics are ineffective and an abscess is shown to be damaging the pulp or lower bony structures of your teeth, a root canal procedure may be needed to remove the dead and infected tissue to restore the tooth to a healthy state.
Abscesses are always serious because the infection may spread to other parts of the body, if you suspect that you have a tooth or gum abscess make an appointment with your dentist immediately to prevent the infection from spreading. For more information about an abscessed tooth treatment, contact the dentists at Smiles at SummerHill Dental in Newmarket, Ontario.