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Abscessed Tooth:

An abscessed tooth can be very sensitive or painful. Somes patients don't realize they have an abcess and is diagnosed only with an x-ray. If caught early, the tooth can be treated before the onset of discomfort. If an abscess is ignored, it can lead to serious complications with the immune system or even become life-threatening. An abcess is the result of an infection caused by deep decay or nerve damage.

Periapical (root-tip) Abscess:

When an infection occurs at the base of the tooth's root, it is referred as a periapical (root-tip) abscess. A periapically abscessed tooth can be saved with Root Canal Therapy or it can be extracted.

Lateral Abscess:

A lateral abscess developes along the outside of the tooth's root. It is similar to a periapical abscess. A lateral abscess can occur near or below the gum line. Periodontitis (gum disease) is usually the cause of lateral abscess and therefore is treated with a gum specialist called a periodontist.

 

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