Dental abscess

Case contributed by Dr Sinéad Culleton


Severe dental pain.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Male

There is a dental abscess involving the root of the 2nd premolar (tooth 29) in the right lower quadrant.

Case Discussion

This case shows a typical well-defined lucency at root apex, less than 1 cm without sclerosis.

A periodontal abscess involves the supporting structures of the teeth (periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone) and is the commonest dental abscess in adults.

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Case information

rID: 41229
Published: 21st Nov 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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