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From gum disease to cavities, there’s no shortage of potential oral health issues you might experience. While none of these are enjoyable, and some can lead to serious consequences like tooth loss, there are ways to help combat them and keep your oral health in check.

One of the best ways to do that is to know as much as possible about different oral health problems. Knowledge is power, and knowing what you’re fighting can help you stay ahead of the curve. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what an abscess is.

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. Dr. Tom Supakorndej sees a fair amount of these in the Austin, Texas, area which means he has the experience necessary to treat an abscess effectively.

How is it treated?
When you come into Diamond Dental 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 512-351-9313.