Abscess

Inflammation caused by an infection in a tooth, soft-tissue, or bone. These abscesses begin with a tooth infection or cavity that can be caused by poor oral hygiene habits, a weak immune system, or a minor trauma to the mouth. Pain, swelling, and redness in or around the mouth is an indicator of an abscess.

 An abscess is when pus collects in the tissue at the location of infection. It will become larger and more painful if untreated. The pus in an abscess can erupt or drain on its own. If it does not erupt or drain on its own, it will have to be surgically drained.

 There are three different types of oral abscesses:

1. Gingival abscess: this only effects the gum tissue

2. Periapical abscess: this type starts at the extreme of the tooth's root.

3. Periodontal abscess: this is found in the pocket of gingiva.

 

Conditions such as these can lead to serious problems and we recommended you see a dentist as soon as possible.

Definitions relating to Abscess: 

Oral Bacteria:  This bacteria is located in the mouth and/or on the teeth and gum lines.

Puss:  Typically a thick fluid containing of white blood cells, dead tissue and germs.

Gingiva:  This gum layer is bound to the jawbone and provides a seal for the teeth.

 

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