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Have you ever heard of a tooth abscess or a tooth infection? While the two can be caused by similar issues, there are actually a few important differences between the two. For instance, while both issues will need professional treatment, the treatments could be very different. Still, what are the differences between a tooth infection and an abscess?

As you probably know, your body tends to fight off infections fairly well. However, your teeth are something of an exception. You see, tooth infections typically happen in the center of your tooth, meaning you won’t be able to get antibodies to the infection. In other words, to address a tooth infection, you’ll need root canal therapy.

There can be a number of issues that lead to a tooth infection. For instance, if you fall or are hit in the mouth, experience some kind of trauma, or deal with tooth decay, an infection could form. Unfortunately, once an infection forms it could spread fairly quickly. In fact, it may spread to the area between your jaw and your tooth—which often leads to an abscess. Fortunately, your body may be able to fight the abscess for a time, but it won’t be able to treat the infection in your tooth.

If you prevent a tooth infection—or catch and address the problem quickly—you may be able to avoid an abscess altogether. There are a few things you should be able to do to reduce your chances of having a tooth infection. For example, brushing and flossing can help you avoid these issues. Similarly, you should visit our dentist once every six months. Also, by following a healthy diet—with plenty of fruits and vegetables—you may be able to avoid decay.

If you’re interested in learning more about a tooth infection or an abscess, please don’t hesitate to contact Family Dentistry of Rockwall at 972-772-3900. Dr. Lisa K. Attaway and our team are always happy to address any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!