If you need treatment for a abscessed tooth, there are two options: you can get the tooth removed, or you can get a root canal. Getting the tooth removed in the cheapest option in the short run, but it could lead to more expensive problems over time.
When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, it is called an abscessed tooth. Pulp is the inner part of the tooth containing the blood vessels and nerves. This can happen when a deep cavity or filling is invaded by bacteria, or when a tooth is injured and begins to die.
To confirm that you have an abscessed tooth, the dentist will take an x-ray. You will choose between having the tooth removed or having a root canal treatment. Both options will remove the infection, however, having a tooth removed may come with some unforeseen consequences.
It is a relatively simple procedure done in a dental office under local anaesthetic. However, in difficult cases, a referral may be made to an endodontist, a root canal specialist. The dentist will clean out the infection by removing the pulp, then fill and seal off the tooth. This will treat the infection but and the tooth remains in the mouth. A crown will cover the tooth to keep the tooth strong and prevent breaking.
An abscessed tooth does not go away on its own. If you suspect you might have an abscessed tooth, see a dentist right away. In some cases, having an untreated dental infection can become very serious and may even require hospitalization. If you visit the ER or dentist, they might prescribe antibiotics, but this a short-term solution and the infection will return if the tooth is untreated.
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