Prevent it Before it Happens
A dental abscess is a strong indicator of tooth infection. The sac of pus and other buildups found in teeth and gums cannot clear on their own without the intervention of a dentist. The severity of the abscess increases the longer it remains in place, meaning emergency care is necessary. If left untreated, it can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation when the infection spreads to the jaws and other body parts like the neck or head.
Common causes of dental abscess are deep cavities, a cracked tooth that leaves the inner tissues vulnerable to bacterial attacks, and ignored periodontal disease and Dental Trauma. Our dentists can give you the reprieve you need regardless of the infection’s cause. We also have experience dealing with periapical abscesses and will implement the most effective procedures to revive your dental health.
The abscess needs to be drained to remove the accumulated pus and alleviate pain. This is usually done by a dentist who may make an incision to release the pus or perform a root canal procedure to clean and disinfect the affected tooth.
In many cases, antibiotics are prescribed to help eliminate the infection and prevent its spread to other parts of the body. Commonly prescribed antibiotics include penicillin or amoxicillin.
Treating the underlying cause of the abscess is crucial to prevent future infections. This may involve procedures such as root canal treatment to remove infected tissue and save the tooth or tooth extraction if the tooth is severely damaged.
Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Your dentist may also provide a prescription for stronger pain medication if needed.
Consult us if you suspect you have a gum infection. You may experience fever, jaw pain, gingival redness, lymph node swelling, unpleasant taste in your mouth, or trouble swallowing. All these are potential symptoms of periodontics, and our qualified dentists will conduct the necessary diagnosis to ascertain
Finding the source of the infection and determining its scope is of utmost importance, and our dentists can do that effectively. We can also open the sac to drain the fluid through a small incision. That may also involve using a small rubber to keep the area open to allow complete draining of the abscess. Our dentists may also perform a root canal treatment to eradicate the infection and save the tooth.
If the tooth is beyond saving, we will extract it and recommend replacement alternatives. We may also prescribe some antibiotics to clear the infection from the rest of the body if it has reached that extent.
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