What are Root Canals, Tooth Infections, and Abscesses?

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A healthy body has the ability to fight off infections fairly well. However, your teeth are something of an exception. You see, teeth infections typically happen in the center of your tooth, meaning you won’t be able to get antibodies to the infection. In other words, to address a tooth infection, you’ll need root canal therapy.

Tooth infections can be caused when decay or trauma kill your nerve. Unfortunately, if you have a tooth infection, it may spread quickly. This infection can also spread to the area between your tooth and your jaw bone, and can lead to a painful abscess. Fortunately, your body may be able to fight the abscess for a time, but it won’t be able to treat the infection in your tooth.

This means that you may be able to avoid an abscess altogether by simply avoiding a tooth infection. While you may not always be able to accomplish this, there are things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and strong. For instance, you should remember to visit our dentist often—typically once every six months. You should also remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. Similarly, you should remember to floss your teeth daily and to follow a healthy diet.

If you’re interested in learning more about a tooth infection or an abscess, please don’t hesitate to contact Bin Park, DDS at 951-898-5658. Dr. Bin H. Park and our team will be happy to address any questions you may have and are eager to hear from you soon!