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What is a dental abscess? It’s essentially a collection of pus that accumulates at the root of the tooth or between the tooth and the gums. A dental abscess is most commonly caused by tooth decay, but can also happen as a result of dental trauma or gum disease. Abscesses can be rather dangerous to your tooth as they lead to infection of the tooth’s pulp.

Fortunately, our team can save often save the damaged tooth with root canal therapy, wherein we will remove the infected pulp from your tooth. The abscess can also be drained, preventing further infection. If you’re worried that you have an abscess, please contact Elite Cosmetic and Family Dentistry as soon as possible at 513-771-5212.

If you think you have an abscessed tooth but just aren’t sure, here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Fever
  • Pain when biting down
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A bitter taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Swollen or reddened gums
  • An open, draining sore on the side of the gums

If you’d like to learn more about dealing with an abscess in Cincinnati, Ohio, please give Elite Cosmetic and Family Dentistry a call at 513-771-5212. Our dentist, Dr. Alexis Mai, and our team would love to meet with you and help you feel better.