Throbbing, Continuous Toothache?
You Could have an Abscessed Tooth
An abscessed tooth is a bacterial infection of the tooth pulp, generally spreading to the root or between the gum and the tooth. The accumulation of pus in the tooth will produce tissue swelling inside and around the tooth, and will be associated with severe pain. Immediate attention is required, as antibiotics must be prescribed to eliminate the infection before the tooth can be treated.
How an Abscess Develops
An abscessed tooth is usually the result of a tooth decay left untreated, a trauma to the tooth, or a chipped or broken tooth. These conditions generate small openings in the enamel, allowing bacteria to spread inside the tooth and create an abscess.
The Most Common Symptoms
- Severe, continuous throbbing or shooting toothache
- Small lump on the gum next to the infected tooth
- Sensitivity when chewing or when drinking cold or hot liquids
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth, and bad breath
- Swollen glands in the neck, often accompanied with fever
- Swollen jaw line or cheeks, indicating a very serious condition that requires immediate attention
Left untreated, an abscessed tooth can degenerate in life-threatening complications, like blood poisoning or bacteria spreading to other areas of your body.
Seek immediate attention if you believe you may be suffering from a tooth abscess. Early diagnosis and treatment will most probably save your tooth.