Is your child complaining of a toothache? Do they have a fever or bad breath? They may have a tooth abscess.
Caused by a bacterial infection, a tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that develops in or near a tooth. Your child’s dentist can treat tooth abscesses by draining the pus from the tooth or gum and addressing the infection. If your child has a periapical abscess inside the tooth, your pediatric dentist may be able to save the tooth with a root canal treatment. In some cases, though, the dentist may recommend pulling the tooth if it cannot be saved.
A tooth abscess can cause a number of signs and symptoms, such as:
If your child has any signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess, take them to a pediatric dentist right away. Left untreated, a tooth abscess can lead to serious, even life-threatening, complications.
Take your child to an emergency dentist in Saginaw if you think the infection has spread to their jaw, throat, or neck, as it can spread to other areas of your child’s body.
There are two types of tooth abscesses, and each has a different cause:
The bacteria that causes tooth abscesses can enter through a chip, crack or cavity in your child’s tooth. Once there, the infection can spread all the way down to the tip of the tooth’s root, where it causes swelling and inflammation.
Certain factors can increase your child’s chances of a tooth abscess. These risk factors for an abscess include:
A tooth abscess is not likely to go away without treatment from your pediatric dentist. While pain may improve if the abscess ruptures, the infection has not gone away and your child still needs dental care before the infection returns, worsens, or spreads to your child’s jaw, neck, or other areas of their body.
Without care from a pediatric dentist, your child may develop sepsis, which is a life-threatening infection that spreads throughout the body. The risk for spreading infection or sepsis is especially high if your child has a weakened immune system.
Helping your child avoid tooth decay is essential to preventing a tooth abscess. Encourage your child to:
You can also:
For more information on tooth abscesses and their causes, contact Saginaw Kids Dentistry. Our pediatric dentist in Saginaw can help determine your child’s risk for tooth abscesses and provide treatment as necessary. We also offer fluoride treatments, dental sealants and other forms of preventive dentistry to strengthen your child’s teeth, rebuild their enamel, and reduce their risk of tooth abscesses in the future.
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