what is a tooth abscess?
A tooth abscess is a very painful condition associated with an infected tooth.
Infection of the pulp leads to its death and pus accumulation. This pus accumulation applies pressure on the nerve endings.
Patient will have a feeling of tooth being elevated from the socket.
There can be varying degrees of swelling.
This condition cannot be recognized in the initial stages on the radiograph as bone destruction is minimal.
Sometimes this pus might get extruded out through the soft tissues or the swelling might spread to other regions of the face and neck.
Immediate drainage of pus from the tooth with abscess will relieve the pain. Procedure could be accompanied with medications like antibiotics and pain killers.