dental abscesses and infections

Dental Abscesses and Infections: Are They the Same Thing?

Many people don’t realize the difference between a dental abscess and an infection.

Key takeaways:

– A tooth infection develops when some kind of trauma or decay results in a dead nerve within the tooth.

– A tooth infection that’s treated in time will not progress to an abscess.

– An abscess can cause complications like gum, nerve, and tissue damage.

Prompt treatment by a dentist is essential in both cases. See a dentist regularly, twice a year, to get early diagnosis and treatment.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.