355 Parkway 575

Suite 100

Woodstock, GA 30188

770-924-1657

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Online dental education library
Woodstock dentist

Dr. Dooley, our team of dental specialists and our staff strive to improve your overall health by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums.

Please use our dental library on the left to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

Treatment of an abscessed tooth

An abscessed tooth is a pocket of pus, usually caused by some kind of infection and the spread of bacteria from the root of the tooth to the tissue just below or near the tooth.

In general, a tooth that has become abscessed is one whose underlying pulp (the tooth's soft core) has become infected or swollen. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, and lies within the tooth. It extends from the crown of the tooth, to the tip of the root, in the bone of the jaws.

An abscessed tooth can be an extremely painful condition.

In some cases, antibiotics are administered in an attempt to kill an infection. If antibiotics are ineffective and an abscess is shown to be damaging the pulp or lower bony structures, a root canal procedure may be needed to remove the dead pulp and restore the tooth to a healthy state.