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There are many different types of dental infections and chronic conditions that requires special attention. In this article, we want to help you focus on the causes and treatments of a Phoenix Abscess. A Phoenix abscess is a condition where the apical portion of the tooth's root becomes infected. This infection can cause the area to get inflamed and can result in you getting a swelling near the tooth's root.
In most cases, this type of infection takes time. You do not get an abscess in your tooth's root overnight. There is usually a precursor to the abscess, a chronic condition that you may not have noticed until it was too late. In all cases, this can be avoided with regular dental checkups and regular yearly treatment of cavities and other chronic dental issues.
How does a Phoenix Abscess take form?
It is important to understand how this infection builds over time so that you may avoid it. In this scenario we have for you – true story my friends – is a previous dental client who did not always pay attention to regular checkups. Another reason why regular dental checkups are highly important.
In not doing so, this patient allowed a cavity to fester in his tooth and began to eat the tooth from the inside out. As the cavity did so, it hollowed out the inside of the tooth, causing the tooth to become weak and brittle. Once this phase takes effect, you need to see a dentist right away. Otherwise, in a matter of a few months the tooth will break and fall off during a night of pizza after a few Moscow Mules at your local nightclub.
What happens if you do not take care of the Abscess? Does it get worse?
Does it!? Of course, it will get worse. To help you understand how much more worse this chronic dental problem can get, we have provided some images below. After the cavity eats through your enamel, it will begin to affect the pulp.
The pulp becomes infected and pain begins to seep into your nerves. The infection of the pulp paves the way for the lesion in the root of the tooth. Over a few months to a year the problem grows until you begin to realize that treatment is inevitable.
In the absence of treatment, the already chronic dental problem will turn into a massive abscess that will continue to grow until the pain becomes unbearable. It will also diminish your treatment options, you will only have one or two solutions for care and treatment.
How is a Phoenix Abscess Treated?
By this point, in most cases, the tooth should be in complete damage, cracked and hollowed by the previous cavity that got you to where you are today. Steps have been outlined below.
● Your first step – visit your dentist for a check-up and recommendations on the steps needed to get you back on track.
● If it is a same day dentist like Dr. Suffoletta, you will most likely be recommended to get started right on the spot.
● You will probably get a couple of injections of anesthesia near the affected area to ease the pain and ward off any discomfort.
● If the effected tooth is holding on strong in the bone, it is possible to simply have the cracked portions removed and leveled off as to make the removal of the pulp more easily accessible.
● You also have the option to remove the tooth completely, let the lesion heal over a few months and then take the next steps that follow.
● Getting back on track – when the pulp is more easily accessible, the dentist can begin the removal of the pulp.
● The affected area is then cleaned and prepared for slow healing. Once the initial phase of this is completed, the dentist will cover up the area with either a fake temporary tooth that last for 6 months while the lesion heals, bondage or some other product. The goal is to cover the area so that food can get to it and the lesion can take the time to heal in preparation for the follow up procedure.
You will visit the dentist a few times over the healing period and when it is ready, the dentist will probably give you two options that would have been presented at the beginning of the process. Implant or plug the area and add a crown. These of course are the general details. Upon visiting your dentist, they should make you aware of the process in thorough detail and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to leave a comment or question for us in the comment section of this page.
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