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How do your teeth feel? No really, how do they feel? If you are feeling even minor tooth pain, it is time for you to schedule a visit to the dentist. Even cracks in your teeth that are too small to be detected on a dental X-ray are still big enough to allow bacteria to enter the tooth and cause a serious infection. If that infection is not treated, it can become an abscess.

An infection or abscess and can be caused by a crack in your tooth, but it can also because by a cavity or gum disease. This is one reason why regular visits with our dentist Midlothian, VA, are so important, since we can detect and address these problems early. Signs that you may have an abscessed tooth include a fever, pain, swelling, a bad taste in your mouth as the abscess drains, and reddened gums.

The dentist can treat an abscessed tooth by cleaning the space between your tooth and the gums, a root canal and addressing problems such as gum disease. It is not uncommon to use antibiotics to fight the infections. Once those problems have been fixed, a crown, filling or even a tooth replacement may be used to restore the function and appearance of your mouth.

Sooner or later, the pain from an abscess will be too great to ignore. But by that point, the infection may spread to the jawbone and surrounding tissues. If you have a toothache in Midlothian, VA, don’t wait until you can’t stand it another minute before you call Morrison Dental Group at 804-639-7500.