Dental Term

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is an infection that occurs at the root of a tooth or between the tooth and gum. It is usually caused by severe tooth decay, trauma, or untreated gum disease. Symptoms include severe toothache, swelling, sensitivity to hot or cold, and a bad taste in the mouth. Abscessed teeth require immediate dental attention to prevent the spread of infection and potential complications. Treatment may involve root canal therapy, antibiotics, or in severe cases, tooth extraction.

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