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Have you ever heard of a tooth abscess or a tooth infection? While the two can be caused by similar issues, there are actually a few important differences between the two. For instance, while both issues will need professional treatment, the treatments could be very different. So, what are the differences between a tooth infection and an abscess?

As you probably know, your body tends to fight off infections fairly well. However, your teeth are something of an exception. Tooth infections typically happen in the center of your tooth, meaning you won’t be able to get antibodies to the infection. Therefore, to address a tooth infection, you’ll need root canal therapy.

Tooth infections can be caused when decay or trauma kill your nerve. Unfortunately, if you have a tooth infection it may spread quickly. This infection can also spread to the area between your tooth and your jaw bone. This can lead to a painful abscess. Fortunately, your body may be able to fight the abscess for a time, but it won’t be able to treat the infection in your tooth.

This means that you may be able to avoid an abscess altogether by simply avoiding a tooth infection. While you may not always be able to avoid a tooth infection, there are things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and strong. For instance, you should remember to visit one of our dentists often—typically once every six months. You should also remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. Similarly, you should remember to floss your teeth daily and to follow a healthy diet.

If you’re interested in learning more about a tooth infection or an abscess, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team in College Park and Gaithersburg, Maryland, today. Dr. Steven L. Rattner and our entire dental team are happy to address any questions you may have. Please give us a call today at a location nearest you!