Treatment of an abscessed tooth

An abscessed tooth is a pocket of pus, usually caused by some kind of infection and the spread of bacteria from the root of the tooth to the tissue just below or near the tooth.

In general, a tooth that has become abscessed is one whose underlying pulp (the tooth's soft core) has become infected or swollen. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, and lies within the tooth. It extends from the crown of the tooth, to the tip of the root, and into the bone of the jaws.

An abscessed tooth can be an extremely painful condition.

If an infected pulp of a tooth is causing the abscess, root canal therapy can be performed to clean,disinfect, and seal the tooth's root canal spaces to restore the tooth and surrounding jaw bone to a healthy state. In some instances, an antibiotic may be prescribed following root canal therapy to help the body's immune system eliminate the infection outside the tooth in the bone and surrounding tissues.

The only alternative to Endodontic Therapy to eliminate a dental abscess is extraction and loss of the infected tooth.