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A pain in your tooth may be caused by any number of things. You may have a piece of food debris lodged near the tooth, or you may be suffering from a cavity or a cracked tooth. If you have left a cavity or damage to your tooth untreated, you run the risk of an abscess.

An abscess can occur when bacteria finds its way into the pulp of your tooth. The infection will damage the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth. If that infection starts to spread to the jaw and surrounding tissue, pus will start to build up as the infection worsens.

Some signs that you have an abscess include pain, swelling, a fever, discolored gums, and a bad taste in your mouth. In most case, an abscess is so painful that you will want to see the dentist as soon as possible. However, in there are instances in which the abscess may not cause any pain. Even if you are not experiencing any discomfort, a tunnel may be opening in your bones and tissue to allow the pus to drain. It is possible that the infection can spread to other parts of your body.

Depending on the condition of your tooth, your dentist may perform a root canal, or if the damage is severe enough the doctor may have to extract the tooth. If an abscess has formed, the dentist will have to clean the area, drain the pus and treat the infection. In addition to an office visit, your dentist may give you prescriptions to relieve the pain and to fight the infection.

If you have pain in your teeth or jaw, don’t wait until it becomes unbearable. Our dentist, Dr. Derek C. Barnes at Derek C. Barnes, DMD in Charlotte, North Carolina will be happy to help. Call 704-849-6700 today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you get your smile back on track.