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Dental Abscesses in Santa Monica

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Dental Abscesses

Suffering from a painful dental abscess? At Dr. Kathy Zahedi DDS, our skilled team in Santa Monica provides immediate, effective treatment to ease your discomfort and restore your oral health. Trust us to care for you with expertise and compassion.


A dental abscess is a painful infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth, forming a pocket of pus caused by bacteria. This can result from untreated cavities, gum disease, or a cracked tooth. If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications.

Signs and Symptoms of a Dental Abscess:

  • Severe Toothache: Intense, throbbing pain that may spread to your jaw, ear, or neck.
  • Swelling: Noticeable swelling in your face, cheek, or neck.
  • Sensitivity: Extreme sensitivity to hot, cold, or pressure.
  • Fever: A sign your body is fighting the infection.
  • Bad Taste or Smell: Foul taste in your mouth or bad breath due to draining pus.

If you suspect a dental abscess, seek treatment promptly. At Kathy Zahedi DDS, we’ll examine your mouth and may take an X-ray to assess the infection.

Prompt treatment is crucial to prevent the spread of the infection and relieve pain. At Kathy Zahedi DDS, we’re committed to providing compassionate, effective care to help you recover quickly. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a dental abscess, contact us for an appointment. Your health and comfort are our top priorities.

A dental abscess is a painful infection that forms a pocket of pus at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. Understanding what causes a dental abscess can help you take steps to prevent it. Here are some common causes:

  1. Untreated Cavities: When cavities aren’t treated promptly, bacteria can penetrate deeper into the tooth, leading to an infection.

  2. Gum Disease: Periodontal disease, especially in its advanced stages, can create pockets between the teeth and gums where bacteria can thrive, causing an abscess.

  3. Cracked or Chipped Teeth: A crack or chip in your tooth can allow bacteria to enter and infect the inner layers of the tooth.

  4. Previous Dental Work: Sometimes, dental work like fillings, crowns, or root canals can develop issues over time, creating an entry point for bacteria.

  5. Injury to the Mouth: Any trauma to the mouth, such as a blow to the face, can damage the teeth or gums and lead to an infection.

  6. Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to plaque buildup, which can cause cavities and gum disease, increasing the risk of a dental abscess.

When you visit Kathy Zahedi DDS for a dental abscess, we prioritize your comfort and care. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Warm Welcome: Our friendly team will greet you and make you feel at ease.

  2. Thorough Examination: Dr. Zahedi will examine your mouth and may take X-rays to determine the extent of the infection.

  3. Pain Relief: We’ll provide immediate pain relief to help you feel more comfortable.

  4. Treatment Plan: Based on the examination, we’ll discuss the best treatment options, which may include draining the abscess, performing a root canal, or in some cases, extracting the affected tooth.

  5. Aftercare Instructions: We’ll give you clear instructions on how to care for your mouth after treatment to ensure proper healing.

  6. Follow-Up: We’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your recovery and address any concerns.

At Kathy Zahedi DDS, we’re dedicated to providing compassionate, effective care to help you heal quickly.

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