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Abscessed Tooth Symptoms

woman with heat sensitivity

A painful toothache can raise alarm that there’s a “big issue” going on somewhere in your mouth. Tooth pain doesn’t always mean there’s a severe infection like an abscess but to avoid any serious complications, come and see one of our dentist at Purity dental!

But the lack of pain doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, either. If you suspect that you may be victim to a dental abscess, here are some of the warning signs to look for:

Heat Sensitivity

Nerve damage feels different than most cavities, because your tooth nerve becomes hypersensitive to things like heat.

Visible Fistula

Fistulas look like small pimples. They’re on the gums nearest the tip of your root. The swollen area is caused by pus accumulation draining out of the root and through the bone to relieve pressure.

Salty Taste

When abscesses drain, it can cause a sour, metallic, or salty taste inside of your mouth. You may notice this the most when a fistula bursts.

Pain When Biting Down

Since your tooth has thousands of tiny ligaments that hold it in place, they flex and stretch every time you chew. An abscess around the root of your tooth means that pressure is applied to the area of swelling every time you bite down. It may be too painful to bite on at all.

Large Cavities

Do you have a filling that you’ve been putting off? Your cavity may have expanded deeper into the tooth, to the point that the nerve is now infected. You’ll need to have an X-ray taken to be certain.

Call Our Mulgrave Dentists!

Purity Dental offers gentle restorative care, including root canals to treat abscessed teeth. Endodontic therapy can help you protect your tooth for several more years. Avoid unnecessary tooth loss and call our Mulgrave dentists today on (03) 9540 8900.