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You may have heard that a root canal is the most uncomfortable dental procedure you can have performed. While that may be true for some, it’s widely agreed that an abscessed tooth causes more pain than a root canal.

Many people, though, don’t know what an abscessed tooth is, how to stop one, or even how to spot one and seek professional treatment for it. To help you avoid the discomfort of an abscessed tooth, we put together this blog post stuffed with need-to-know information about this topic.

What is it?
An abscess is an oral health problem that a dentist sees on a fairly regular basis. Simply put, it’s a pocket of pus that surrounds the root of an infected tooth. These are incredibly painful and can cause a lot of other oral health issues too. Drs. DiGiovanni, Engel, and Schall see a fair amount of these in the Havre de Grace, Maryland, area which means they have the experience necessary to treat an abscess effectively.

How is it treated?
When you come into Bel Air Smile Partners for treatment of an abscess, your treatment will depend on a few things. First, if the infection that caused the abscess has spread from your gums to your jaw or elsewhere in your body, you’ll need antibiotics. An extraction, root canal, and surgery are all possible treatment options as well, depending on the severity of the abscess.

At the end of the day, we don’t want to see you suffering from an abscess. To help prevent these, or to get screened for one, call us today at 410-939-4030.