If you get a cavity, you ought to get it fixed by our Federal Way dentistry clinic as soon as possible. Otherwise, you are putting yourself at serious risk for a debilitating infection that will cause you even more pain and grief than a simple cavity. This infection is what dentists call a dental abscess.
An abscess is caused by the same bacteria that form cavities. When these bacteria penetrate deep enough into your tooth, it begins to flourish in the soft tissues and bones in your face and neck. You experience it in the form of a pain in your mouth, jaw, face, or throat region, and can come with any of the following symptoms:
- Redness, swelling, or tenderness in the mouth or face
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pus drainage
- Difficulty opening your jaw
- Difficulty swallowing
Should you experience these symptoms, contact your dentist right away.