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A feeling of pain pressure or sensitivity in the gums near a tooth with a cavity should not be taken lightly. These symptoms are a likely sign that the pulp of the tooth has been affected and that a dental abscess may be building up in the underlying tissues.

Without timely professional treatment, the infection could spread to your jaw and other parts of your body and could create other medical complications. So, it’s best to see a professionally trained oral care specialist like Dr. Reeve Abraben.

If the problem is detected early enough, the dentist might be able to treat the compromised tooth with a root canal. If necessary, the dentist can also drain the fluid from the dental abscess. The root canal may be followed by a course of prescription antibiotics. Then the dentist can restore the tooth’s enamel layer with a dental crown.

In some severe cases, the only effective treatment plan might call for a total dental extraction. This procedure may also be followed by prescription pain medication and antibiotics.

When you’re ready, Dr. Reeve Abraben can help talk to you about your options for restoring the tooth. This might involve installing a dental bridge or a dental implant restoration, or a dental crown.

If you live in the Lake City, Florida, area and you have a distressed or badly decayed tooth, you should call 386.752.1342 to make an appointment at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA.