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How does an abscessed tooth happen?

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An abscessed tooth happens when a tooth’s root gets infected with bacteria and pus builds up around it. It’s also called a periapical abscess.

From: Do I Have an Abscessed Tooth? WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic: Tooth Abscess: “Overview,” “Symptoms and Causes,” “Diagnosis.”

NHS Choices: “Dental Abscess.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on June 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Tooth Abscess: “Overview,” “Symptoms and Causes,” “Diagnosis.”

NHS Choices: “Dental Abscess.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on June 17, 2019

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