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You probably know that there are several dental conditions that can cause pain and discomfort. For example, you might know that cavities or a chipped tooth can cause toothaches and sensitive teeth. Similarly, you might know that a damaged root canal could be extremely painful. Still, did you know that an abscess could be painful if left unaddressed?

You see, an abscess is essentially a collection of pus that usually occurs if you’ve had a chip, crack, or a cavity in one of your teeth. If you have any of these issues, bacteria will be able to reach the inner part of your tooth more easily, leading to an abscess. Fortunately, our team can save often save the damaged tooth with root canal therapy and an abscess can be drained. If you’re worried that you have an abscess, we recommend contacting our team as soon as possible because an untreated abscess can lead to several issues.

Fortunately, there are several signs you should watch for, including red and swollen gums. You could also experience pain when chewing and a toothache. Finally, you may notice a fever or a strange taste in your mouth. Still, there are several things you can do to avoid abscesses. Brushing and flossing your teeth can help you avoid cavities, which will make you less likely to have an abscess. Similarly, we recommend scheduling an appointment as soon as you can if you crack or damage a tooth.

If you’d like to learn more about dealing with an abscess in Charlotte, North Carolina, we invite you to give Derek C. Barnes, DMD a call at 704-849-6700. Our dentist, Dr. Derek C. Barnes, and our team will gladly inspect your pearly whites and address any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting with you soon!