Sometimes when the root of a tooth is distressed bacteria can infiltrate the area and the surrounding periodontal tissues. This is more likely to occur in a case of untreated tooth decay.
As infected fluid starts to build up it can cause pressure and pain in the gums as well as a gradually worsening toothache. These early signs of a developing dental abscess indicate the need for timely treatment by a dentist like Dr. Brett M. Barney and the staff at Desert Dental Group.
In many of these cases he needs to perform a root canal to remove the compromised or decayed dental structures within the tooth. This treatment plan might also include draining the fluid inside a dental abscess. This will help to alleviate the pressure and prevent the infection from entering your bloodstream.
At this point he will use special endodontic materials to restore sufficient structure for anchoring a dental crown restoration. Recover and aftercare might include prescription pain medication and antibiotics which need to be taken as directed to help you remain comfortable while your gums heal while also knocking out any lingering infection concerns.
If you live in the Tucson, Arizona, area and you have a severely distressed tooth or distressed gums, you should call (520) 663.0419 to have it professionally diagnosed and treated by Dr. Brett M. Barney and his staff.