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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.