An abscessed tooth is a pus pocket around the root of the tooth. It will not clear up by itself so you need to see your dentist to remove the infection before it grows into a major toothache. A tooth can be abscessed for weeks or years and not show any symptoms. This is another reason to keep your regular dental visits.
Abscessed teeth can have several causes:
If the tooth can be saved your dentist will advise you to have a root canal and possibly a crown. If it can’t be saved your only choice is to have it extracted, then replaced with an implant, bridge, or a removable partial denture. Call us for an appointment to find out what is best for you.