Common Dental Issues

Abscess Tooth

If your tooth is so painful that it throbs, keeps you up all night, and impacts your daily life, you may have an abscessed tooth. When the pulp inside your tooth dies, it is susceptible to infection in and around the root of the tooth, which leads to an abscessed tooth.  To prevent the spread of infection, it is imperative that you visit your Rockford dentist as soon as possible if you believe you have an infection.

At Maintain Your Smile Dental, our Rockford dentists understand how painful and stressful it is to have an abscessed tooth, and our compassionate, patient, and highly-trained dentists are here for you. With our state-of-the-art technologies and commitment to excellence, we will do everything we can to restore your natural tooth, remove infected tissue to restore you to your optimal state of wellness and to relieve your pain.

Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth:

  • Severe, persistent pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Facial swelling
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Foul odor and taste

Causes of an Abscessed Tooth:

If you have a cavity or a chipped or cracked tooth, you are susceptible to an abscessed tooth because bacteria will have an opportunity to get down to the root of your tooth.

Associated Risks:

If an abscessed tooth is not treated, the infection can spread into your jaw, head, and even neck. If left untreated long enough, your abscessed tooth can lead to sepsis.


  • Daily brushing and flossing
  • Regular dental cleaning and check-ups
  • Replace toothbrush every 3-4 months

An abscessed tooth is usually treated with either a root canal or endodontic surgery. During endodontic surgery, your dentist at Maintain Your Smile Dental will open the gum tissue near the abscessed tooth and remove the infected tissue.

Your dentist will also remove the tip of your tooth’s root and fill the root canal at the base of your tooth’s root. After your surgery, the surrounding bone will be able to heal.

Our Rockford dentists are devoted to saving your natural teeth. We understand how stressful surgery can be, and giving you the highest quality of care and comfort is our top priority.

During a consultation, your dentist will determine whether or not you need endodontic surgery. Your oral health and natural teeth are our top priorities!

If you have an abscessed tooth, don’t wait to get treatment. Call Maintain Your Smile Dental today or complete the online appointment request to schedule your visit.

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