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Do you know what the differences between a tooth abscess and a tooth infection are? Would you be surprised to learn that many individuals confuse the two treatments? While they share some similarities, there are also significant differences.

As you know, your body can usually fight off infections well. However, because blood doesn’t flow to the center of your teeth, your body won’t be able to fight off an infection there. If you don’t address this type of infection, the affected tooth could die. If an infection is in the center of a tooth, it can spread to your other teeth quickly. Fortunately, you can usually address this issue with root canal therapy.

An abscess also won’t heal on its own because of limited blood flow in the area. You see, an abscess is caused by an infection. Unfortunately, abscesses can be painful and may need to be drained before they can heal. However, it is extremely important that you have an abscess addressed as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may need a tooth extraction to keep your mouth healthy.

Again, please remember that you may need professional help to deal with an abscess or an infection. If you’re interested in learning more about either of these issues, we invite you to contact Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Dental Clinic PC at 773-947-4665. Dr. William Wilson and our team are eager to hear from you soon.