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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Why You Should Never Ignore a Dental Abscess

by Myrtle Banks

Have you had a nagging pain in your mouth for some time which refuses to go away? You may suspect that this is something to do with poor dental hygiene over the last months, but you have been putting off a visit to the dentist for one reason or another. You do need to be careful, however, as this may be the formation of an abscess, which, if you're not careful, can lead to other complications. What do you need to know?

How Infection Spreads

An abscess is the body's way of trying to notify you about an infection so that you take action to clear it. There are basically two different types; one affects the area around the gums (known as a periodontal abscess) and the other affects the tooth itself and is known as a periapical abscess. Either way, this is likely caused by poor dental hygiene, especially in the area around the gums and in between the teeth. In some cases, an abscess can spread to the bone surrounding the affected tooth.

Dealing With an Abscess

An abscess is essentially an area that is filled with pus that becomes swollen or irritated. The pus inside will cause a buildup of pressure against the nerves, and this is what leads to throbbing pain and other symptoms. You may notice that the glands in your neck begin to swell, causing you to run a fever, and you will be very sensitive to cold or heat.

Additional Implications

Unfortunately, an infection won't go away by itself and will eventually require treatment by the dentist. If not, it may develop into a cyst that might call for a tooth extraction and, in this case, you may have to consider getting a crown or a bridge in the future as well.

Perils of Inaction

It's very important to be careful whenever this type of inspection spreads, as it can move fast and well beyond the mouth itself. It's not unheard of for these infections to cause life-threatening complications, including infection of the blood, heart problems, pneumonia and other serious conditions.

Don't Delay

While you may be able to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help ease some of your pain on a temporary basis, you should go to a dentist as soon as possible. You should even visit an emergency dentist if you notice any unusual complications, and in short, you need to act on this as soon as you can.