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Have you ever heard of a tooth abscess or a tooth infection? While the two can be caused by similar issues, there are actually a few important differences between the two. For instance, while both issues will need professional treatment, the treatments could be very different. Still, what are the differences between a tooth infection and an abscess?

As you probably know, your body tends to fight off infections fairly well. However, your teeth are something of an exception. Tooth infections typically happen in the center of your tooth, meaning you won’t be able to get antibodies to the infection. 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. While your body may be able to fight the abscess for a time, it won’t be able to treat the infection in your tooth.

If you prevent a tooth infection—or catch and address the problem quickly—you may be able to avoid an abscess altogether. However, there are a few things you should be able to do to reduce your chances of having a tooth infection. Brushing and flossing can help you avoid these issues, along with seeing our dentist once every six months. By following a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables you can help avoid decay.

If you would you like to learn more about the care you can receive from our team, or have questions about how you might be able to prevent either of these issues, please call 973-427-4201 today. Drs. Adam Rauzman, Alexander Kim, and Melissa Pallotta in Hawthorne, New Jersey are happy to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile!