Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dentists, dental specialists, and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment or contact us.  A very complete Patient Edcuation Section is available on each page on the right hand side.  From there you can learn about the many options and exceptional dental care you will experience with Drs. DeLacy and Coombs. 

 

 

Drs. Coombs and DeLacy recommend, in addition to the information provided here, to view these trusted sites and resources from groups that both Drs. DeLacy and Coombs are members of.   

Academy of General Dentistry http://www.knowyourteeth.com

American Dental Association  http://www.ada.org

Michigan Dental Association  http://www.smilemichigan.com

Treatment of an abscessed tooth

An abscessed tooth is a pocket of pus, usually caused by some kind of infection and the spread of bacteria from the root of the tooth to the tissue just below or near the tooth.

In general, a tooth that has become abscessed is one whose underlying pulp (the tooth's soft core) has become infected or swollen. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, and lies within the tooth. It extends from the crown of the tooth, to the tip of the root, in the bone of the jaws.

An abscessed tooth can be an extremely painful condition.

In some cases, antibiotics are administered in an attempt to kill an infection. If antibiotics are ineffective and an abscess is shown to be damaging the pulp or lower bony structures, a root canal procedure may be needed to remove the dead pulp and restore the tooth to a healthy state.
 


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