What Is The Difference Between A Periapical And Periodontal Abscess?

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An abscess is a method your body uses to fight infection in the mouth. The body creates this pus pocket, which causes pain and sensitivity when it swells with pus. If the infection becomes more serious or it spreads, you may experience fever and swelling. Treatment is necessary if you develop an abscess, and there are two different types of abscesses you may have. Keep reading to learn more.

Periapical Abscess

This is the most common type of abscess and it is a tooth-related one. If a tooth develops a crack or decay, then the soft, living tissues inside of it may become exposed to bacteria. The bacteria cause infection, which can spread down the tooth root into its tip. It is here where the abscess pus pocket develops.

Periodontal Abscess

This abscess is also called a gum abscess. It develops between the tooth and gum tissue, usually because food becomes trapped in that area. Periodontal abscess also often develops as a result of gum disease, an inflammatory infection which creates periodontal pockets that easily trap food and bacteria.

Treatment Options

If you experience the symptoms of an abscess, then visit our office for treatment options. For a periapical abscess, we will drain and clean the pus pocket when performing either a root canal procedure (removal of the soft, living tissues inside a tooth) or a tooth extraction (removal of the entire tooth). If you suffer from a periodontal abscess, then we will drain it when performing the gum disease treatment that heals your mouth.