Abscesses and dental Phlegmons

Written by: Dr. Antonio Santos Alemany
Published: | Updated: 15/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Abscesses or dental abscesses are clumps of pus in the soft tissues that surround the teeth because they suffer a bacterial infection. The signs and symptoms they present are discomfort and more or less intense pain that can be continuous or sporadic.


It can also develop inflammation and / or redness around the tooth that can spread to adjacent nodes, discomfort and difficulty in chewing, tooth sensitivity , oozing, bad breath and poor taste in the mouth. In advanced cases, there may be fever, swelling in the face and neck , inability or difficulty of opening the mouth and swallowing.


Dental abscesses are collections of pus


The cause

One of the most frequent causes is dental caries. When a caries is not treated properly, it can evolve and produce abscess. Phlemon is an advanced stage of caries where the infection has penetrated the enamel, the dentine and reaches the pulp (nerve) and the root of the tooth, causing tissues to swell and produce the typical swelling of the phlegmon. Other common causes of abscesses and phlegmon are gum diseases such as periodontitis ("pyorrhea") and gingivitis.


The best weapon is always prevention through good oral hygiene , proper diet and go to the dentist and / or periodontist periodically to detect possible tooth decay and / or gum disease. Symptoms are usually given anti-inflammatories and analgesics to relieve inflammation and pain and antibiotics are usually given to fight the infection. In the consultation, the dentist usually drains the infection or abscess with appropriate instruments and under local anesthesia.

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By Dr. Antonio Santos Alemany

Dr. Santos is a renowned surgeon and stomatologist, expert in periodontics and osseointegrated implants. It was formed between Spain and the United States, and is a reference in the treatment of abscesses, phlegmon, hypersensitive teeth, gingivitis and periodontitis (pyorrhea), dental implants, aesthetics of the gums and corticotomies to accelerate orthodontic treatment. In addition, Dr. Santos was the Creator and Director of the Master in Periodontics and the Clinical Residency in Periodontics at the International University of Catalonia and Associate Professor of Periodontics at the International University of Catalonia (UIC). He was also Head of Section of the 'Journal Periodontics and Osseointegration' and Consultant-Referee of the 'International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry'.

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