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What do you know about an abscess or a tooth infection? Do you understand what the differences between the two are? In general, there are several differences between the two dental problems—and different treatment options for both.

Unfortunately, your body can’t fight off infections in the middle of your tooth because blood doesn’t flow there. You see, if you have an infection, it could spread relatively quickly. If you have a tooth infection, our team will probably recommend root canal therapy, which involves cleaning, sterilizing, and sealing the middle of your tooth. Still, if your infection spreads any further, it can get to your jaw bone. If this does happen, a tooth abscess may begin to form.

Unlike a tooth infection, your body can actually fight off an abscess. However, because an abscess is caused by an infection, the abscess can become much more severe before it’s fully treated. An untreated abscess could be extremely painful and an unpleasant lump could form on your gums. Your gums could also be swollen and sore. If you are suffering from an abscess, you could have an infection.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent infections—which, in turn, can also help you fight off abscesses. Generally, keeping your pearly whites clean can help you avoid infections. This means you’ll need to keep up on your brushing and flossing. Visiting our team often for checkups is also important, as is following a healthy and balanced diet.

If you have any concerns about an abscess or a dental infection in Hempstead, New York, please feel free to contact Bertha D. Bravo, Dentist PC at 516-485-1145. Our dentist, Dr. Bertha Bravo, and our team will gladly help you keep your pearly whites strong. We’re excited to hear from you soon!