Early symptoms of a dental abscess caused by untreated tooth decay can certainly be distressing. This might involve an increasing toothache, severe sensitivity in the compromised tooth, as well as a sensation of pain and pressure in the underlying gum tissues.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to seek timely treatment from experienced dentists like Drs. Pitner and Findlay to prevent the infection from spreading to your bloodstream.
In the case of a large dental abscess that also compromises the root of the tooth, the tooth might not be able to be viably treated with a root canal. In a severe case like this, our dentists might recommend that the tooth be extracted and the dental abscess excised.
This will effectively remove all traces of the tooth from the socket as well as any infected material. Once the gums have been sutured, you will likely give you a prescription for antibiotics and pain medication.
After your gums have fully healed and all infection concerns have cleared, Drs. Pitner and Findlay can start the process of replacing the tooth with a dental bridge.
This type of dental work will include a replica of the original tooth that is fused on each end to open dental crowns. It will eventually be mounted onto abutments formed from the healthy dentin inside the two teeth neighboring the void left by the missing tooth.
If you are in the Bessemer, Alabama, area and you have a severely compromised tooth, you should call 205-426-2644 to seek professional treatment at Pitner Family Dentistry.