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What can happen if I don't treat an abscessed tooth?

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If you don’t treat the infection, it can kill the pulp of your tooth and lead to an abscess. There are two common types:

You can get more than one abscess, or one abscess can travel through the bone and show up in several spots, but each is related to only one tooth.

  • A periapical abscess forms at the tip of your tooth’s root.
  • A periodontal abscess affects the bone next to your tooth.

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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