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If you’ve ever had an infection, you probably understand how unpleasant they are. However, did you know that infections in your mouth are a little different than infections in other parts of your body? Similarly, you may have heard of an abscess, but did you know that abscesses and infections are similar? However, there are a few important differences you should know about.

As you know, your body can usually fight off infections well. However, because blood doesn’t flow to the center of your teeth, your body won’t be able to fight off an infection there. If you don’t address this type of infection, the affected tooth could die. If an infection is in the center of a tooth, it can spread to your other teeth quickly. Fortunately, you can usually address this issue with root canal therapy.

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 Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry at (505) 327.0044. Dr. Ryan H. Wilson and our team are eager to hear from you soon.