An abscess is a way that the body tries to heal from an infection. Abscesses are likely to form after bacteria, fungi, or other germs enter the body, which result in an infection. Although abscesses are common on the skin caused by open wounds or cuts, they can even develop in a tooth. Age is not a limiting factor for abscess formation. If the environment is right for an abscess to form it can happen. This means that even yes, your two-year old could have a tooth abscess.
An abscessed tooth will typically have a pocket of pus in the tissues surrounding it. When looking at the tooth, the abscess can cause it to appear red and the gums to be swollen. Usually, pain is experienced and the area may “throb” with a tooth abscess. Chewing may even be painful and unpleasant as well. Fevers are also common with tooth abscesses in children.
Abscess in your child?
If you believe that your child may have a tooth abscess present and presents any symptoms, do not ignore this! If an abscess is left untreated, the infection can potentially spread to other areas of the body. In more extreme cases, leaving an abscess untreated can result in life-threatening conditions.
Therefore, if you notice any symptoms of a tooth abscess or physically see the abscess you should call your pediatric dentist without any hesitation. Typically, the dentist will prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection and should rid of the abscess. In some cases, dependent on the dentist’s digression a baby tooth may need to be extracted if problems persist. Our Durham, NC dental friends often state the importance of seeing a medical professional before self diagnosing your children.
Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry offers emergency appointments for our patients. If you believe that your child display symptoms of a tooth abscess or it appears that there is a physical tooth abscess present, please call our office immediately. We would like to have your child come in as soon as possible so that we can assess the situation and determine what treatment will be needed.
Please call our office at 703-348-2813 to schedule your appointment with us.