02 Feb

City of London dentists prevent spread of dangerous tooth abscesses

Tooth abscesses are one of the most painful and least pleasant of all the dental conditions. Abscesses are caused when tooth decay has caused a breach in the protective enamel which has allowed bacteria to penetrate to the centre of the tooth and infect the nerve area. The human body responds to infection by producing an excess of white blood cells that attack the infection. This produces a yellowy substance called pus, which builds up around the infected area. In the case of a tooth abscess, this pus swelling occurs in the tissue surrounding the tooth and can become extremely sensitive and painful. This can make everyday tasks such as talking and eating very difficult or at times even impossible.
Tooth abscesses are therefore not very pleasant at the best of times. Not only are they painful and unpleasant but they also represent a wider risk to your health. In recent years, research has been carried out into the links between dental infection and heart disease. It has been proven that dental infection, if it enters the blood stream can cause a dangerous narrowing of the arteries around the heart that can cause heart disease and be potentially fatal. It also has links to strokes and cancer that need to be taken very seriously.