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If you were asked what a dental abscess is, could you give an accurate answer? If not, don’t worry. Many people have a hard time naming the exact signs and description of a dental abscess.

However, we feel that the best way to take care of your oral health is to be aware of all the different things you need to fight. An abscess is one of those, and today we’ll look at what an abscess is, how to prevent it, and when to seek professional help for yours.

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. Drs. Lance Schamberger, Mark Gregston and Marc Thomas see a fair amount of these in the Leadville, Colorado, area which means they have the experience necessary to treat an abscess effectively.

How is it treated?
When you come into Leadville Dental Center 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 719-486-2060.