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A dental abscess is a major dental issue that should be avoided at all costs, but sometimes that’s a tough task. It usually develops from untreated cavities or dental trauma. When the enamel is damaged, bacteria enter the tooth and attack the core, which is also called the pulp. This can cause a severe infection in the tooth and gums.

When you have an abscessed tooth, there are a few symptoms you might notice. The most common symptom is a severe and continuous toothache. This usually involves sharp or shooting pain in the tooth and gums. Other symptoms usually include a fever, pain when chewing, a bitter taste in the mouth, a foul-smelling breath, and tooth sensitivity. Some odd but relevant symptoms might be swollen neck glands, feeling ill, redness and swelling in the gums, a swollen jaw, and an open and draining sore on the gum tissues near the tooth.

When you experience these symptoms, it’s important to call Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS when you can and set up an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh. During your visit, she will use one of three options to treat your tooth. One treatment is with root canal therapy. This will allow the infection to drain. Another treatment is with tooth extraction. This can allow drainage through the gum socket. The last treatment is with an incision in the gums. This can allow direct drainage from the root of the tooth. After your treatment, you will be given antibiotics to help you combat the infection.

To learn more about a dental abscess in San Francisco, California, please don’t be afraid to reach out to our dental team. All you need to do is dial 415.682.6377 and we will be more than happy to help you in any way we can.