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What Is an Abscessed Tooth?

Elder Care in West Trenton NJ

Elder Care in West Trenton NJAs a family caregiver, it is your responsibility to help your aging loved one stay as healthy as they can throughout their later years. This means both helping them to take the steps necessary to prevent health complications and issues and addressing issues that arise promptly and effectively so that they do not worsen. One such issue is an abscessed tooth. This type of infection can become quite serious quickly, but if handled properly, your parent can get through it safely and move forward.

An abscessed tooth is a pocket of pus that forms in the tooth as a result of a bacterial infection. This type of infection can occur in various areas of the tooth depending on what has caused the infection. Some abscesses form at the tip of the root. This is called a periapical abscess. Others form within the gums in the proximity of the root. This is called a periodontal abscess. Regardless of the type of abscess that your aging parent is suffering, it is absolutely essential that they get effective, dedicated dental care as quickly as possible to prevent this infection from spreading through the body and worsening to a life-threatening degree.

Abscesses can be caused by a variety of situations and issues. The most common are prior dental work that has impacted the roots of the teeth around them, an injury to the mouth that causes deep damage to the teeth, or an area of decay or cavity that has gone untreated and spread. This is one of the reasons why it is absolutely vital that your aging parent get prompt dental care when they are showing any signs of difficulty, including tooth pain, visible decay, cavities, or trauma. This will help to protect them from abscesses or make treatment of these infections more effective so that your loved one can avoid the more extensive complications that can be caused by infections in the mouth.

If your aging parent has started complaining of pain in their tooth or gum, has swelling of the face, or is not chewing as effectively, get them into the dentist as soon as possible so that they can get a thorough examination and ensure that they get the treatment that they need.

If your aging parent is suffering from a serious health concern or has undergone treatment for an abscessed tooth, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent to help them get through their recovery period effectively, safely, and healthily. They can then continue with a personalized approach to care, support, encouragement, and help in a way that will help them to keep up with their oral health requirements so that they can protect their body as they age in place. This can help your parent to maintain more independence and a higher quality of life so that even if you are not able to be with them as often as you would like to be, you will know that they are still in the best hands.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in West Trenton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.

Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM

Administrator, Mercer/Burlington Division at Care Street Home Care
Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM, Care Street’s able administrator has more than 30 years of clinical experience in private practice and Skilled Nursing settings, with specific experience in clinical case management in Gerontology.

Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.

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