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an alveolar abscess localized around the apex of a tooth root.
apical abscess (1) Periapical abscess (of tooth).
(2) Abscess in the pulmonary apex.
apical abscess Dentistry An abscess near a tooth root's apex caused by deep caries; AAs may extend to the tooth's pulp chamber, destroying nerves, blood vessels Management Root canal therapy–endodontics, tooth extraction
per·i·ap·i·cal ab·scess (perē-api-kăl abses)
Inflammation of tissues and collection of pus around a tooth apex; may result from pulp infection due to carious lesion or pulp necrosis resulting from injury.
Synonym(s): apical abscess
, apical periodontal abscess