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Do you know what the differences between a tooth abscess and a tooth infection are? Would you be surprised to learn that many individuals confuse the two treatments? While they share some similarities, there are also significant differences.

As you know, your body can usually fight off infections well. However, because blood doesn’t flow to the center of your teeth, your body won’t be able to fight off an infection there. If you don’t address this type of infection, the affected tooth could die. If an infection is in the center of a tooth, it can spread to your other teeth quickly. Fortunately, you can usually address this issue with root canal therapy.

Abscesses, like infections, don’t heal on their own because there is a limited amount of blood flow in the area. In order for an abscess to heal, you may need to have it lanced—which will allow your abscess to drain. We recommend addressing an abscess as soon as possible because abscesses can be painful and can make a tooth extraction necessary if not addressed quickly enough.

Again, please remember that you may need professional help to deal with an abscess or an infection. If you’re interested in learning more about either of these issues, we invite you to contact Chelsea Family Dentistry at 734-475-8500. Dr. Dr. Brian P. Wisniewski and our team are eager to hear from you soon.