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Abscessed Tooth

What You Need to Know

Royal Oak Dental Group is available to provide emergency dental services if you are experiencing pain or have a dental issue that needs to be addressed right away. An abscessed tooth is a fairly severe dental problem that should be addressed immediately.

What is an Abscessed Tooth and How Does It Happen?

An abscessed tooth, simply put, is when a tooth’s root or the area around it becomes infected. This is most often the result of severe tooth decay or gum disease, which damage a tooth and leave its nerve and root vulnerable. Once the tooth is compromised, bacteria are able to reach and infect pulp of the tooth, the soft tissue in the center of the tooth that holds the nerve. Symptoms include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Pain when chewing
  • Fever
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Redness and swelling of the gums
  • A sore on the gum near the tooth

Because an abscessed tooth is an infection that reaches a tooth’s nerve, it is often very painful. The infection can even kill the tooth’s nerve. This will stop the pain, but the infection is likely still there and needs to be treated or it could spread and damage surrounding teeth, bone or gums.

How Is an Abscessed Tooth Treated?

We will be able to diagnose your problem. If the tooth is abscessed, the infection will need to be eliminated. This is often done through a root canal, which will allow the infection to subside and remove damaged root tissue. If needed, antibiotics will be prescribed to fight off the infection.

With good oral hygiene and regular preventive dental care, you can avoid most cases of abscessed teeth. Regular exams can also catch signs of tooth decay or dental problems early, before they develop into an abscessed tooth or other problems.

If you need dental help, don’t wait! Call Royal Oak Dental Group and we’ll help you as soon as possible to get relief and a lasting solution for an abscessed tooth and other dental problems.

We can help you find a solution to your problem. Royal Oak Dental Group’s dental offices are located in Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and Siler City.

The Royal Oak team is proud to serve patients in the Raleigh-Cary-Chapel Hill-Siler City area including Apex, Hillsboro, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Durham, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Garner, Fuquay-Varina and Knightdale.


Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to provide a full scope of dental health services to patients from Raleigh, Cary, Siler City, Chapel Hill, Durham, North Hills, Wake Forest, Garner, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell and Morrisville, NC, as well as the greater Triangle area.
Click Here: COVID-19 & Office Updates

Dear Patient:
We hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we all collectively do our best to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these challenging times. Because the health and safety of our patients and community is paramount, it has been necessary to limit our patient care to urgent and emergency care over these last few months.

As we have closely followed recommendations from the North Carolina Dental Board, CDC, and other reputable health organizations, we recognize the importance of regional-specific guidance based on the most comprehensive, accurate, and current scientific literature and data available. While community guidelines may continue to evolve, we must continue to make our treatment decisions based on the best knowledge available. It is our job to help improve the health of our patients by approaching comprehensive dental treatment PROACTIVELY, not just reacting after the compromise has become irreversible in nature.

With this in mind, we have made the decision to safely reopen our doors to ALL PATIENTS beginning Monday, May 11th. This means routine dental care, such as cleanings and simple restorations, will resume. When you come to our office you will notice the following elevated measures and precautions that we believe are necessary to maintain until we emerge from this COVID-19 environment (and likely thereafter):  

  • Sanitation stations in the front desk/waiting area
  • Anti-microbial Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinses before the start of each appointment
  • Hi-Evacuation suction for hygiene appointments to minimize cavitron-related aerosols
  • Patient entrance doors will remain open to reduce contact 
  • Mandatory pre-screening questionnaire over the phone when appointments are confirmed and upon arrival to the office, in addition to temperature checks of ALL STAFF and PATIENTS
  • Patients will wait in their vehicles until their appointment begins
  • Limited access to patient waiting areas and operatories whenever possible (e.g. restricted to patients, parents of young children, translators, service animals, special needs assistance, etc.)
  • Enhanced social distancing measures throughout the office 

This is not the first crisis that we have endured as a state or as a nation, and we look forward to overcoming this event better, stronger and more resilient than ever before. We cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your oral health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and let us know if there is anything we can do to better serve you.
Royal Oak Dental Group