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Your teeth can contract a wide array of infections, but an abscess is perhaps one of the more painful ones. No one likes dealing with pain – much less in an oft-used area of your body like your mouth – so it’s no surprise that many people work hard to have the best oral health possible.

One of the things you have to work against is an abscessed tooth. This is a consistent, if not common, problem that’s actually relatively easy to avoid. To help you understand that, we put together this post to address just that issue.

What is it?
An abscess is an oral health problem that a doctor sees on a fairly regular basis. Simply put, it’s a pocket of pus that surrounds the root of an infected tooth. These are incredibly painful and can cause a lot of other oral health issues too. Dr. Indra Quagliata sees a fair amount of these in the Rochester, New York, area which means she has the experience necessary to treat an abscess effectively.

How is it treated?
When you come into IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for treatment of an abscess, your treatment will depend on a few things. First, if the infection that caused the abscess has spread from your gums to your jaw or elsewhere in your body, you’ll need antibiotics. An extraction, root canal, and surgery are all possible treatment options as well, depending on the severity of the abscess.

At the end of the day, we don’t want to see you suffering from an abscess. To help prevent these, or to get screened for one, call us today at 585-475-0140.