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How is an abscessed tooth diagnosed?

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While pain and swelling are common signs, you may not have any symptoms. That means the pus pocket has found somewhere to drain.

If you don’t have symptoms, your dentist could spot an abscess through X-rays at a routine exam. He may tap on your tooth to see if it hurts.

If he can’t diagnose the abscess on his own, he’ll probably send you to an endodontist, who’s specially trained to work on abscessed teeth. This dentist can tell for sure if you have an abscess and treat it if you do.

From: What Is an Abscessed Tooth? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Guideline on Use of Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Dental Procedures.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tooth abscess: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Tooth abscess: Symptoms & causes.”

American Association of Endodontists: “Abscessed Teeth.”

Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor, associate dean for outreach and diversity, UCLA.

Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research : “Periodontal Abscess: A Review.”

Rico Short, DMD, Apex Endodontics, Smyrna, GA.

American Dental Association: “Abscess (Toothache).”

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association : “How Do I Manage a Patient with Periodontal Abscess?”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 3, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Guideline on Use of Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Dental Procedures.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tooth abscess: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Tooth abscess: Symptoms & causes.”

American Association of Endodontists: “Abscessed Teeth.”

Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor, associate dean for outreach and diversity, UCLA.

Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research : “Periodontal Abscess: A Review.”

Rico Short, DMD, Apex Endodontics, Smyrna, GA.

American Dental Association: “Abscess (Toothache).”

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association : “How Do I Manage a Patient with Periodontal Abscess?”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 3, 2017

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