A dental abscess is caused by a tooth-related infection. They are usually endodontic in origin, from the inside of the tooth, but can be periodontally related, or both! Dental abscesses are often self draining, but can be very dangerous, and even life threatening if they keep traveling through the tissue and cause immense swelling.
Gingivitis and Gum Disease:
Periodontal Disease (Periodontitis)
Periodontal disease (periodontitis) is a progressive condition which begins with gum inflammation called gingivitis. It progresses to the soft tissue attachment and bone loss. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults living in the developed world and should be taken very seriously.
Periodontal disease (often called gum disease) is typically signified by red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, but in some cases, has no noticeable symptoms. Scaling and root planning, also known as a “deep cleaning”, is the recommended treatment for mild to moderate periodontal disease. More advanced cases are best treated with the periodontist and may require surgical options for the best long-term prognosis.