By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
When your tooth becomes infected, it is clinically known as an abscessed tooth. The main reason for an abscessed tooth is tooth decay. An abscessed tooth can lead to serious damage including rotting of the pulp, and core of the tooth. This can even lead to pus buildup near the jawbone.
Failure to seek treatment can even cause damage to the surrounding bone and tissue.
The most common treatment for an abscessed tooth is a root canal. A root canal is a procedure where the infected tissue is cleaned, the canal is sealed, and the top of the tooth is crowned or capped.