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If you neglect your oral health, you put your teeth at risk for infection. If they become infected, the infection can cause what’s known as an abscessed tooth.

An abscessed tooth is technically defined as an infection as the root of your tooth, between the gum and tooth. These types of infections are serious and usually indicative of other underlying issues like tooth decay or gum disease.

So to help you avoid abscessed teeth, our team here at Summit Village Family Dental put this list together explaining what it is and how to avoid getting them.

It’s initially caused by infection

If you neglect your oral health, you can easily invite infection into your mouth. This is what will initially cause an abscessed tooth.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of an abscessed tooth are pretty noticeable. Since it’s caused by an infection, you’ll likely have a fever in addition to swollen neck glands. You’ll also experience a continuous pain in your tooth, and more severe pain when chewing.

How is it treated?

Depending on how bad the abscess is, you may need a root canal or to have the tooth completely extracted to get rid of the infection. You’ll also need antibiotics as well.

An abscessed tooth isn’t something to ignore. If you have any of the above symptoms, call us immediately at 816-287-5650 to get treatment.