Dental Abscess Treatment Options

Dental Abscess Treatment

When a pocket of infection or some puss builds up in the tissue surrounding a tooth, it is referred to as an abscess. If it is not treated promptly, then an abscess can quickly develop into a multitude of more serious health conditions. A dental abscess is caused by the decay of a tooth’s pulp, which in return allows for bacteria to spread from the dead tissue to surrounding areas. This bacteria eventually spreads to the tissue beneath the root, thus leading to an abscess.

Another cause of dental abscesses is gum disease. Gum disease causes the gums to separate from the teeth. This creates pockets between teeth and gums. Once these pockets become blocked, bacteria gets trapped within them and begins to grow and spread. This in turn can lead to the formation of an abscess. It will become obvious once your gums begin to swell.

Your jawbone may begin to dissolve in an attempt to make room for the swelling. While this would alleviate some of the pressure, it would have no effect on the actual infection. The pain will therefore return again and again, growing worse with each iteration. When enough of the bone has been dissolved, the tooth may become loose. Your only option at this point would be to have your tooth extracted.

Symptoms for a dental abscess are easily spotted. A high fivers, swelling/redness of the gums, extreme pain and soreness are some of the notable symptoms. You may also notice that the pain persists to the point that it becomes unbearable, regardless of what medication you throw at it.

You should be aware that dental abscesses usually form in rear of your mouth. Furthermore, extraction of an abscess first requires that you take prescription antibiotics. Why? Because the infection itself must be dealt with before the abscess is removed. Otherwise, the infection would simply spread further, and you would be back in the dentist’s office in no time.

Your dentist might instead recommend attempting to save the tooth. Saving it requires performing a root canal. In this procedure, the dentist removes any dead or dying tissue from the abscess by drilling into your teeth. The dentist would also likely drain the infection. Note that this method is more rare and that dental abscesses are most commonly dealt with via antibiotics and extraction.