The Difference Between Abscesses and Tooth Infections

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You may have heard of a tooth abscess, and you probably know that your teeth can become infected, but do you know what the similarities and differences of the two are? In reality, the two share a number of similarities, but they also have a number of significant differences. Similarly, there are a few things you can do to avoid both of these issues, though if you have a tooth infection or an abscess, you’ll need different treatments.

As you probably know, your body tends to fight off infections fairly well. However, your teeth are something of an exception. You see, teeth infections typically happen in the center of your tooth, meaning you won’t be able to get antibodies to the infection. In other words, to address a tooth infection, you’ll need root canal therapy.

Tooth infections can be caused when decay or trauma kill your nerve. Unfortunately, if you have a tooth infection, it may spread quickly. Sadly, this infection can also spread to the area between your tooth and your jaw bone. This can lead to a painful abscess. Fortunately, your body may be able to fight the abscess for a time, but it won’t be able to treat the infection in your tooth.

If you prevent a tooth infection—or catch and address the problem quickly—you may be able to avoid an abscess altogether. However, there are a few things you should be able to do to reduce your chances of having a tooth infection. For instance, brushing and flossing can help you avoid these issues. It is important to visit your dentist once every six months. Also, by following a healthy diet—with plenty of fruits and vegetables—you may be able to avoid decay.

If you’re interested in learning more about a tooth infection or an abscess, please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team at 708-482-0300. Dr. Blaine Cusack and our team will be happy to address any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!