What is a dental abscess?

One of the most common conditions affecting children's teeth are dental abscesses.  Children with severe cavities often have teeth that abscess. 


Abscess of lower left primary tooth.  NOTE the tissue swelling on the tooth.


Radiograph of abscess on middle tooth.  Note the dark outline of the short root.
Dental abscesses often start out as large cavities on the teeth. Once the cavity invades the pulp of the tooth the infection spreads to the bone. At that point the tooth is no longer salvageable. A dental abscess is a swelling of the tissue around an infected tooth.

The following symptoms may result from a dental abscess.  Children can often present with facial swelling, fever,  altered eating habits, poor concentration, poor sleep patterns, breathing problems, and general malaise.

The treatment that is always recommended is antibiotics and extraction. 

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  4. I agree with you, common conditions affecting children's teeth are dental abscesses. So, we preventive school of thought is gaining prominence in dentistry. Pediatric dentristy in markham.

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  10. Very well explained and children's oral health must be monitored by your pediatric dentist because the condition is quite alarming for children to suffer. dental laboratory in Kent

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  12. The abscess in the first picture looks awful. What are some of your best practices and tips for patients in preventing and treating abscesses before they completely ruin the tooth? When you have to tell a patient that the tooth can no longer be kept, how do you normally handle the situation?

    Paul Jeffers | http://www.drmarkstapleton.com

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  13. I have a son that his teeth look like this. It is sad and it is all because all he wants to eat is sweets all the time and he refuses to brush his teeth. I need to find him a great pediatric dentist that can really help him out. I want to make sure that this dentist can really do something for him.
    Jak Manson | http://www.jus4kids.com

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  14. Thank you for the break down of the common causes of bad breath, this sure made me more aware and conscious about my dental health. Schope Dental

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  17. Hello Daniel,

    That is fantastic that you found this information useful. You are right an abscess is very painful and require attention right away.

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