Periapical abscess

What is Periapical abscess?

A dental abscess (also termed a dentoalveolar abscess, tooth abscess or root abscess), is a localized collection of pus associated with a tooth. The most common type of dental abscess is a periapical abscess, and the second most common is a periodontal abscess. In a periapical abscess, usually the origin is a bacterial infection that has accumulated in the soft, often dead, pulp of the tooth. This can be caused by tooth decay, broken teeth or extensive periodontal disease (or combinations of these factors). A failed root canal treatment may also create a similar abscess.

A dental abscess is a type of odontogenic infection, although commonly the latter term is applied to an infection which has spread outside the local region around the causative tooth.

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I have a hard bump on above my tooth it is a little bit red but I accidentally scratched it so i dont know It popped up over night. Can anyone help...

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Hi, it may be a periapical abscess. It starts from an infection in the tooth. Please consult a dentist. Taking an X ray will determine whether it...

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I have a bump on the right side of my hard palate. my dentist said I probably cut it and now it's swollen. It's been 4 days and no change. I don't...

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Brief Answer:
periodontal/periapical abscess, medication, Radiographs

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I have a lump in my mouth that i have had for just over a year now, at first i thought it was just a mouth ulcer but i dont think they should last...

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Hi, the lump may be a periapical abscess or a tissue growth. Please get it examined. If it is an abscess, the offending tooth must be treated,...

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