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A minor cavity or failing dental filling can sometimes go unnoticed. These problems are typically caught during your routine dental checkups. However, if you have a bad habit of skipping these important appointments the natural bacteria living in your mouth could exploit a compromised area of tooth enamel to affect the sensitive core of the tooth.

As time goes on you might notice increased sensitivity and discomfort in the affected tooth. In some of these cases it can also cause a gradually worsening toothache or a distressed pressure in the underlying gum tissues.

Without professional attention from a dentist like Dr. Tyler Christopherson the bacterial presence can invade the underlying gums causing a dental abscess to form. As the bacterial fluid continues to pool in your gums it could cause increasing discomfort in a short amount of time. Without timely treatment the infection could potentially pass to your bloodstream leading to severe medical complications.

Sometimes a small dental abscess can be drained and treated with a course of prescription antibiotics. In many of these cases the patient will also need a root canal to remove all traces of tooth decay and prepare an abutment capable of supporting a dental crown.

If you live in the Stevens Point, Wisconsin area and you have a toothache or painful gums, you should not delay in calling 715-344-9684 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Christopherson Family Dentistry.