Treatment of an abscessed tooth
An abscessed tooth is a painful condition caused by bacteria spreading from the tooth's root to nearby tissue, resulting in inflammation, pain, and possibly pus draining from the gums associated with the tooth. This often happens when the pulp, containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, becomes swollen and infected. Antibiotics can help in the short term, but a root canal may be necessary if the infection damages the tooth or surrounding bone. If this condition continues, severe health consequences can occur, and the possibility of tooth extraction may be required to definitively treat the infection.