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You may have heard of an abscess before, as it relates to pockets of pus beneath your skin in various places across your body. But if you’ve never heard of an abscessed tooth, you’re not alone. That’s not a terribly common occurrence.

It is important, though, to know what a tooth abscess is, how to spot one, and how you can work to keep these problematic infections from harming your oral health. Let’s take a look at a few tips for doing just that.

What is it?
An abscess is an oral health problem that a dentist 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. Milan Sata sees a fair amount of these in the Flint, Michigan, area which means he has the experience necessary to treat an abscess effectively.

How is it treated?
When you come into Milan Sata DDS 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 810-694-0200.