You likely have a dental abscess, which is a build-up of pus in the teeth and gums most caused by an infection.
As an abscess will not go away independently, it requires urgent treatment by a dentist.
The abscess either forms under the tooth, or in the supporting gum and bone (gingival, periodontal or periapical).
Treating the infection before it becomes chronic is essential. Be seen today at our practice in London, SE1.
A severe dental abscess is extremely painful. However, several stages of tooth abscess can be less painful than others and include different symptoms.
Starting with enamel decay, plaque building up in the mouth leads to the development of pus; when this is not treated fast enough, the bacteria eats its way through the enamel entering the dentin.
Once the tooth pulp becomes infected, an abscess forms, and ignoring it leads to bone erosion and tooth loss.
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Dental tip: Abscesses develop relatively quickly, often within one day after the first sign of infection. As early detection is key, we recommend seeing a dentist regularly with check-ups every six months to spot signs or infections.
It might be rare for a tooth infection to spread to other areas of the body, however, as this does happen, you should be aware of the symptoms that point to tooth infections spreading.
First, we’ll address the abscess by draining the pus.
However, the next steps might change depending on the cause of your dental abscess, which we will uncover during your emergency appointment.
For example, if your abscess was caused by a problem with the tooth or an infection in the root, we might prescribe a root canal (costs £375) as your best next step to save the tooth from extraction.
In some cases, where the damage is too severe, we might not be able to save your tooth, so we will remove the dead tooth and provide you with some great options to replace it.
A typical tooth extraction will cost from £195.
Sometimes, a dental abscess can be caused by gum disease – and if this is the case, we will create a roadmap to help you manage your gum disease and reduce the chances of bacteria spreading radically through the mouth again.