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Root Out Root Infections

A dental abscess can be extremely painful. These are some of the ways dentists can get rid of those pus-filled swellings

Root Out Root Infections

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A tooth abscess can be treated by having the infection drained out and the abscess itself removed by a dentist. They might be able to salvage your tooth by performing a procedure called a root canal.

What is Root infection?

An abscess on a tooth is a pool of pus that forms as a result of an infection caused by bacteria. An abscess can form in a variety of locations near the tooth and for a variety of reasons. At the very tip of the root, an abscess can form, called a periapical abscess. A periodontal abscess is an infection that can arise in the gums at the root of a tooth.

In most cases, a periapical tooth abscess is caused by a cavity in the tooth that has not been addressed, an injury to the tooth, or previous dental operations. Due to the infection, an abscess may develop at the very tip of the root, which may also irritate and cause swelling or inflammation.

A tooth abscess can be treated by having the infection drained out and the abscess itself removed by a dentist. They might be able to salvage your tooth by performing a procedure called a root canal.

Symptoms of root infection

The following are some of the signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess:

• A severe and excruciating toothache that may radiate to the jaws, the neck, or the ear.

• Experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of hot or cold weather.

• Experiencing pain as a result of the pressure applied by chewing or biting.

• Fever

• A swelling in your face, cheek, or neck that can cause difficulties breathing or swallowing and may also cause aesthetic issues.

• Lymph nodes that are tender to the touch and swollen either below your jaw or in your neck

• A putrid taste or smell in your mouth

• Experiencing a sudden rush of foul-smelling, foul-tasting fluid that is salty, as well as relief from the discomfort.

Causes of root infection

Dental abscesses are usually caused by dental infections. Plaque bacteria invade a tooth.

Abscess periapical

Bacteria infiltrate teeth through microscopic holes caused by dental decay, or caries. Caries destroys the dentine layer beneath the enamel. If decay persists, the hole will infect the tooth's pulp.


As pulpitis advances, germs reach the alveolar bone around the tooth and form a periapical abscess.


In periodontitis, plaque bacteria invade the gums. Inflamed gums might detach the tooth's root from its base.When the periodontal ligament separates from the root, a periodontal pocket forms. The pocket is hard to clean. Infected periodontal pockets create abscesses.


The elimination of the infection is intended to be the result of the treatment. In order to accomplish this, your dentist might suggest the following.

The abscess needs to be opened (incised) and then drained

The pus is then able to drain out of the abscess after the dentist makes a small cut into the abscess. After that, the dentist will rinse the region with some salt water (saline). On occasion, a small rubber drain is inserted to keep the area open for drainage while the swelling is being reduced. This is done in order to prevent the area from becoming infected.

A root canal is performed

This may assist in eliminating the infection and preserving the health of your tooth. In order to accomplish this, your dentist will first drill into your tooth, then remove the infected central tissue (pulp), and then drain the abscess. After this, the pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are filled and sealed by the dentist. A crown may be placed over the tooth in order to reinforce it, particularly if it is a tooth toward the back of the mouth.

Remove the infected tooth from your mouth

If it is determined that the tooth in question cannot be saved, your dentist will extract (pull) the tooth and drain the abscess in order to get rid of the infection.

Prescribe antibiotics

It is possible that you will not require antibiotics if the infection is confined to the abscessed area. However, if the infection has spread to other teeth in the area, your jaw, or other parts of your body, your dentist will most likely prescribe antibiotics to stop the illness from spreading any further.

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