An abscess is a painful infection at the root or in the gum of a tooth. It occurs when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected and goes untreated. A toothache is the most common symptom of an abscess, but you may also experience pain when chewing, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling of the gums, or other symptoms. If you have ongoing pain or suspect an abscess, see Dr Ganik, who specializes in treating infected teeth and pulp.
A dental abscess is usually treated with root canal treatment or endodontic surgery. Dr. Ganik will remove the inflamed or infected area, clean, shape and fill the root canals, and seal the space. You will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
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