A Root Canal

A Painful Cavity & Dental Abscess

A toothache is sometimes one of the most difficult types of pain to deal with, as it can interrupt all of your daily activities and cause you to lose sleep. When a tooth causes such severe pain, it usually means that there is a problem that is in need of prompt attention from a dentist. The reason why is that you might have a tooth that is in pain due to a deep cavity and abscess on your gums. You may have a dangerous gum infection if there is an abscess present on your gums. The content below explains a few of the important things in regards to dealing with a toothache and dental abscess.

Uncontrollable Tooth Pain Can Be from an Abscess

Although cavities can cause a lot of pain, it usually goes away after the nerves die from a lack of dental attention. If you have a dental abscess, the pain can remain present even after taking over-the-counter drugs to ease it. The reason why is that an abscess causes a lot of pressure due to the pus that builds up inside of it. The pus-filled lump can be situated directly under the tooth that is painful or nearby on the gums. You must keep in mind that an abscess is harmful to your health because it contains toxins in the pus.

Your Gums Must Be Treated with Antibiotics

The first step to treating a toothache that is accompanied by a cavity and dental abscess is to get rid of the infection. You don't want to end up with the infection spreading to other areas of your body, such as if the toxic pus leaks into your bloodstream. Getting rid of the infection will basically be possible via a prescription of antibiotics after your teeth and gums have been thoroughly examined by a dentist. He or she will likely clean your teeth to get rid of plaque as well. You must take the antibiotic as instructed by the dentist without skipping any days if you expect the infection to go away in a prompt manner. 

A Root Canal and Filling the Cavity Is Necessary

In order to treat an abscess, it is usually necessary for the infected tooth to undergo a root canal. The procedure is important because a dentist can drill a hole deep into the cavity to access the pulp area. He or she can then proceed to remove damaged pulp and drain out the abscess. Never attempt popping a dental abscess on your own, as the toxic pus must be removed in the proper manner. Your cavity and the hole that was drilled during the root canal procedure will be filled in to complete the treatment process.