A dental abscess is a localized collection of pus that is found within a tissue or any other confined space within the mouth. There are a variety of dental abscesses, among which include acute apical abscesses, chronic apical abscesses, periodontal abscesses, and pulp abscesses.
Acute Apical Abscess
An acute apical abscess is an inflammatory reaction to pulpal infection and necrosis characterized by rapid onset, spontaneous pain, tenderness of the tooth to pressure, pus formation and eventual swelling of associated tissues.
Chronic Apical Abscess
A chronic apical abscess is an inflammatory reaction to pulpal infection and necrosis characterized by gradual onset with little or no discomfort and the intermittent discharge of pus through an associated sinus tract.
A periodontal abscess is an inflammatory reaction originating in the periodontium. It is usually characterized by rapid onset, spontaneous pain, tenderness of the tooth to pressure, as well as pus formation and swelling. It is frequently caused by foreign body entrapment and is often associated with a tooth with a vital pulp.
A pulp abscess is a localized collection of purulent exudates within the pulp of the tooth that’s initiated by microorganisms and/or its byproducts.
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