Are Abscesses and Tooth Infections the Same?

Have you ever heard of a tooth abscess or a tooth infection? While the two can be caused by similar issues, there are actually a few important differences between the two. For instance, while both issues will need professional treatment, the treatments could be very different. Still, what are the differences between a tooth infection and an abscess?

As you probably know, your body tends to fight off infections fairly well. However, your teeth are something of an exception. You see, tooth 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. 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.

Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to prevent a tooth infection. Not only will this help you avoid root canal therapy, it could also help you avoid abscesses altogether. As you’ve probably guessed, one thing you can do to fight off tooth infection is floss and brush every day. You should also remember to visit our dentist twice a year for a routine exam and checkup. Similarly, if you follow a healthy diet and remember to drink plenty of water, you may be able to avoid the decay that could lead to a tooth infection.

If you’re interested in learning more about a tooth infection or an abscess, please don’t hesitate to contact Riverdale Dental Arts at 718-548-1148. Dr. Sheldon Kupferman and our team will be happy to address any questions you may have. 

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