Valley Dental Associates
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 206B, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Ease the Agony of an Abscessed Tooth

dca-blog_article-11_what-is-an-abscessed-tooth

If you’re constantly faced with sharp pangs of tooth pain, you may have an infection either in or around that tooth. This is called an abscessed tooth. If the painful infection isn’t treated, it may worsen and cause you to lose the tooth, as well as spread and lead to other health issues. Luckily, the problem can be relieved and resolved by seeking affordable dental care.

Causes of an Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth can have a variety of causes. Damage to the tooth is a common cause, but an untreated cavity can also become infected and that bacteria can spread from the tooth to the surrounding tissue to create an abscess. And gum disease can make the gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can grow and form a painful abscess.

Signs and Symptoms

While extreme tooth pain is the first and fiercest sign of an abscessed tooth, these other symptoms may also point to the problem:

  • Severe pain, often when chewing
  • A throbbing toothache
  • Swollen, red gums
  • Face and jaw swelling
  • Fever
  • An unpleasant salty taste in the mouth
  • A tooth that’s extremely tender to the touch
  • A swollen, oozing, red bump in your mouth

While the pain may subside as the infection spreads, be aware that this is actually worsening the problem because it’s causing the bone to dissolve and may lead you to lose the tooth.

Treatment Tactics

Don’t ignore an abscessed tooth, especially since an affordable dentist can provide the relief you need in the following ways:

  • Prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the infection.
  • Completely drain the infection to soothe the pain.
  • Remove the infected tissue within the tooth with a root canal.
  • Pull the abscessed tooth if you do not want a root canal or that procedure doesn’t remove all of the infected tissue.

Prevent the Problem

Fortunately, you have affordable dental care options that can treat an abscessed tooth, but you can prevent the pain completely by following these good dental care habits:

  • Have routine check-ups and cleanings from an affordable dentist.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss every day to remove food and bacteria that can cause an abscess.
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks.
  • Your risk for cavities and infections increases with a dry mouth, so keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water, chewing sugarless gum, or taking dry mouth medication.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Owings Mills, call Valley Dental Associates today at (443) 898-1240 or make an appointment.

Valley Dental Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Owings Mills. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Valley Dental Associates, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Valley Dental Associates.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Valley Dental Associates has a great staff….they have always been friendly and accommodating to my needs. My first time there was a dental emergency, (I did have an actual first visit […]
Arlene K.
I’ve been using this office since I was a young child and now I bring my own young child there with me. They are great with me and even better with my son. He loves it there. They also […]
James C.
I love my dental hygenist Matt he is always very nice and very good at making you feel at ease while getting a cleaning. Dr. Goreman is by far my favorite dentist I’ve ever had. He is […]
Brooke G.
The assistant cleaning my teeth was very pleasant and very knowledgeable concerning my teeth problem and how it is affected by my diabetes.
Charles C.
I have been seeing Dr. Oppenheim for years and he is the reason
James V.
I was taken on time and I was out 1 hr later (which was the length of time I was told it would take)
Pearl Z.
Great service no wait time.
Caesar C.
Great office an atmosphere.. Staff is great and Dr. Oppeheim made me feel very comfortable
Erica F.
Matthew is the best dental hygienist ever!
Kimberly K.
I like my Dentist, very Happy atmosphere
Gail K.
It was the most thourough dental examination I have ever had. Everyone has a great bedside manner.
Michelle C.
The services are always stellar.
Kody T.
Friendly staff. Wait time is short. Staff is knowledgeable and very courteous.
Jarie K.
Mathew is terrific
Mark B.
Excellent prompt and responsive
Gary G.
I had my first appointment here last week, based on a recommendation. I was so pleased with the visit. The staff was friendly and professional, and I was taken back almost immediately. Dr. Gorman […]
Regina R.
Very good service!!
Ana S.
Just went for a hygienist appointment. I had the best visit! No cavities and my teeth feel great. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Joanne P.
I just love the atmosphere there and all the friendly staff.
Marquis S.
Excellent service, from front desk to the dental chair.
Lacretia C.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
Our Location