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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.

For example, you may understand that your body can cure many infections on its own. However, if blood can’t flow to an affected area, your body won’t be able to fight off the infection. Blood isn’t able to reach the center of the tooth, meaning that a damaged tooth won’t be able to heal itself. Furthermore, infections can spread quickly between teeth. Fortunately, root canal therapy can help you address the issue.

Like infections, your body won’t be able to address an abscess on its own because of limited blood flow in the area. Abscesses result from an infection, and could cause a bubble to form. This bubble may need to be lanced and drained to avoid further issues. If an abscess is left alone, your tooth could ultimately need to be extracted to keep your mouth healthy and strong.

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 Canyon Dental Care at (505) 278.7007. Dr. Ryan Wilson and our team are eager to hear from you soon.