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Cross Section of an Infected Tooth

Located inside the tooth lies the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. This collection of tissue is called the “pulp”. Dental decay allows bacteria to get into the pulp and kill the tissue. The tissue dies and an infection starts. The pus drains out the tooth roots and causes pressure and pain.  An abscess can develop. This appears as a white filled pimple along the gum tissue.

 

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