Dental Abscess

Dental Abscess Treatment Including Root Canals at Berwick Dental Clinic

At Berwick Dental Clinic, we often encounter a prevalent dental issue known as a dental abscess. This condition arises when a pocket of pus forms within the teeth, gums, or the supporting bone structure due to a bacterial infection.

There are two primary types of dental abscesses, which are classified based on their location. A periapical abscess occurs at the tip of a tooth’s root. It is typically caused by an untreated cavity, previous dental work, or an injury that has allowed bacteria to infiltrate and infect the pulp – the innermost part of the tooth that houses nerves and blood vessels.

If not promptly addressed, this infection can spread from the pulp to the end of the tooth root, and even further into the surrounding bone and tissues, leading to more complex dental health issues. The three different types include:

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    Periapical Abscess

    This is when the infection originates in the pulp, the innermost part of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, and spreads to the tip of the tooth root. If left untreated, the infection can extend to the surrounding bone and tissues.

    Periodontal Abscess

    A periodontal abscess occurs in the gum tissues and is often associated with gum disease. It typically develops due to the presence of bacteria in the supporting structures of the teeth, including the bone and tissues. Periodontal abscesses are more common among adults and can lead to significant discomfort and oral health issues if not treated promptly.

    Gingival Abscess

    This is a type of dental abscess that specifically occurs in the gum tissue. It is a localised collection of pus caused by a bacterial infection. This condition typically involves a rapid development of a painful, swollen, red area on the gums. It does not involve the tooth itself but is usually caused by trauma to the gum, such as from food particles or other foreign substances getting trapped and causing an infection. Immediate professional dental treatment is necessary to drain the pus and eliminate the infection, preventing it from spreading further into the gum tissue and potentially leading to more serious complications.

    Symptoms of a dental abscess may include persistent pain, swelling, redness, and the presence of a visible bump or pimple-like structure. Additionally, bad breath and fever may accompany the infection. It is crucial to seek professional dental care when these symptoms arise to prevent further complications.

    Neglecting to address a tooth abscess can have detrimental effects on both oral and overall health. At Berwick Dental Clinic, our goal is to diagnose and treat such conditions before they escalate, ensuring your smile always remains healthy and radiant.

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    Understanding the Risk Factors for Abscessed Teeth

    Several factors can increase an individual’s risk of developing a tooth abscess. By understanding these risk factors, individuals can take proactive steps to minimise their likelihood of experiencing this dental condition.



    Smoking compromises the body’s immune system, making it more challenging to fight off bacterial infections, including those that can lead to abscesses.

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    Dry Mouth (Xerostomia):

    Saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health by neutralising acids produced by bacteria and rinsing away dead cells that accumulate on the gums, tongue, and cheeks. In a dry mouth environment, bacteria can thrive, leading to a higher likelihood of infection and abscess formation.

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    Poor Oral Hygiene:

    Proper oral hygiene is vital for reducing the bacterial load in the mouth and maintaining optimal oral health.


    Weakened Immune System:

    A compromised immune system makes it harder for the body to fight off harmful bacteria, allowing them to proliferate and cause dental infections.

    Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth

    An abscessed tooth can cause various symptoms that can range from localised discomfort to more generalised signs of infection. Recognising these symptoms is crucial in identifying a potential tooth abscess and seeking prompt dental care.

    Pain-related symptoms:

    Gnawing or throbbing pain:

    The pain caused by an abscessed tooth can feel like a constant, dull ache that resembles the feeling of being gnawed at. This type of discomfort can be persistent and challenging to alleviate without professional treatment.

    Sharp or shooting pain:

    Some individuals may experience sharp or shooting pain that radiates to the jawbone, neck, or ear.

    Pain during chewing:

    The discomfort may be exacerbated when biting or chewing.

    Dental-related symptoms

    Tooth sensitivity:

    An abscessed tooth can become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Consuming hot or cold foods and beverages may trigger pain or discomfort.

    Bitter taste:

    A persistent bitter or unpleasant taste in the mouth may accompany a tooth abscess.

    Bad breath (halitosis):

    The presence of a dental abscess can contribute to persistent bad breath.

    Gum redness and swelling:

    Inflammation of the gums around the affected tooth is a common symptom. The gums may appear red, swollen, and tender.

    Tooth mobility:

    The abscessed tooth may feel loose or wobbly due to the underlying infection affecting the supporting structures.

    Swollen area in the jaw:

    A localised swelling may be present in the upper or lower jaw near the abscessed tooth.

    Open, draining sore:

    In some cases, an abscess may rupture and result in an open sore on the gums, which can release pus and cause discomfort.

    Generalised symptoms


    A tooth abscess can lead to a low-grade fever as the body’s immune system responds to the infection.

    Swollen lymph nodes:

    The nearby lymph nodes may become swollen and tender.

    General discomfort:

    Overall uneasiness, a feeling of being unwell, or mild malaise can be experienced alongside an abscessed tooth.

    Early detection and appropriate treatment of a tooth abscess can prevent complications and promote optimal oral health.

    Comprehensive Treatment for Dental Abscesses at Berwick Dental Clinic

    At Berwick Dental Clinic, we offer a range of treatments to effectively manage and cure dental abscesses. Our treatment approach is comprehensive and involves several steps:



    Our dentists carry out a thorough examination of the affected tooth and surrounding tissues for signs of infection. The diagnosis process may include:

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    Dental X-ray:

    This helps in identifying any underlying dental disease that might have led to the abscessed tooth.

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    CT Scan:

    If the infection has spread within your neck, a CT scan will help identify the extent of the infection.

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    Sensitivity Test:

    Dentists may tap and press on your teeth to check for sensitivity, as an abscessed tooth is often sensitive to touch or pressure.

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    Thermal Tests:

    These tests help determine the health of your tooth pulp.

    Treatment Options

    The main goals of treatment are to eliminate the infection and prevent potential complications. The treatment options may include:


    Incision and Drainage:

    Dentists make a small cut in the abscess to drain the pus. A small rubber drain may be placed to keep the area open and allow the remaining infection to drain out.

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    Root Canal Treatment:

    This procedure eliminates the infection and saves your tooth. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp from your tooth and filling the space with material to prevent future infections. After the procedure, a dental crown may be needed to protect the tooth.

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    Tooth Extraction:

    In severe cases where the tooth is beyond repair, extraction may be necessary.



    To help fight off remaining bacteria, antibiotics may be prescribed.

    Root Canal Treatment at Berwick Dental Clinic

    At Berwick Dental Clinic, our root canal treatments for abscesses are aided by Digital X-rays and Rotary Endodontics. The rotary endodontics instrument allows us to easily and precisely navigate the curved pathway of a root canal. This means the infected pulp can be removed and the canal cleaned without stretching or damaging the tooth canal.

    Contact Berwick Dental Clinic

    If you are suffering from the symptoms of a dental abscess, suffer no more. Contact Berwick Dental Clinic for immediate and professional care and assistance.

    We accept CDBS and are preferred providers for HCF as well as members of the SMILE fee group. We provide diverse payment options for your convenience: Afterpay, Openpay, ZIP, HUMM, in-house direct debit payments for orthodontic treatment, and Superannuation release.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that forms in the mouth due to a bacterial infection. It can occur in different parts of the tooth and is often characterised by severe toothache, sensitivity, swelling, and fever.

    The cost of treating a dental abscess in Australia varies depending on the severity of the condition and the required treatment. It’s best to contact our clinic directly for a more accurate estimate.

    Berwick Dental Clinic accepts a variety of payment options including Afterpay, Openpay, ZIP, HUMM, in-house direct debit payments for orthodontic treatment, and Superannuation release. We also accept CDBS and are preferred providers for HCF, as well as members of the SMILE fee group.

    The fastest way to get rid of a dental abscess is through professional dental treatment. This could involve draining the abscess, performing a root canal treatment, or extracting the tooth in severe cases.

    Treatments may include draining the abscess, root canal treatment, tooth extraction, or antibiotics. A dentist will determine the most appropriate treatment based on an individual’s specific case.

    Yes, a regular dentist can treat a tooth abscess. They can drain the abscess, perform a root canal if necessary, or extract the tooth in more severe cases. If the infection is complex or has spread, they may refer you to a specialist, such as an endodontist or oral surgeon.