A dental abscess is a pus build-up inside the teeth or under the gums.
Dental abscess can occur in different parts of the tooth due to different reasons.
A periapical abscess occurs at the ends of the tooth root, whereas a periodontal abscess occurs in the gums on the sides of a tooth.
Your Wantirna South dentist will treat a dental abscess by draining it and removing the infected area. We may be able to save your tooth with a root canal procedure, but in worst cases, the tooth may need extraction.
If left untreated, a dental abscess can lead to serious and even life-threatening health problems.
Causes of Dental Abscesses
When the dental pulp — the deepest part of the tooth — is infected by bacteria, a dental abscess occurs.
Bacteria is absorbed through a cavity or an opening and spreads down to the sensitive areas of the tooth. This can cause redness and inflammation to the tip of the root.
Symptoms of Dental Abscesses
Symptoms of dental abscesses include the following:
- sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- bad breath
- generally unwell feeling
- difficulty in opening the mouth
- difficulty in sleeping
When to see a dentist
If you are experiencing fever and inflammation in the face, see your Wantirna South dentist right away.
These symptoms mean that the infection has already spread deeper into the jaw and the surrounding tissues, or even to other areas of the body.
Dental Abscess Treatments
Dental abscesses are treated by removing the source of the infection and draining away all the pus.
The possible treatments are the following:
Root canal treatments are performed to remove the abscess from the root of an affected tooth before filling and sealing it.
Tooth extraction may be required if root canal treatment seems impossible to be performed.
Incision and drainage during which an incision is made on the gum to drain away the abscess.
In these procedures, a local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area and to help the patient relax.
More extensive procedures may be performed under general anaesthesia, which puts you to sleep.
Antibiotics are not routinely recommended for dental abscess but may be used if the infection has spread or is particularly severe.
Listed below are measures you can take at home to relieve the pain.
- Avoid too hot or cold foods and beverages.
- Temporarily, chew on the side of your mouth without an abscess.
- Do not floss around the area.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
While at-home remedies can make a person more comfortable while waiting for treatment, it is important to visit your Wantirna South dentist for treatment, to avoid any complications.
Preventing Dental Abscess
Avoiding tooth decay/cavities is important in preventing dental abscesses. Maintain a teeth-friendly routine to prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems.
Here are some tips:
- Drink enough fluoridated water.
- Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss daily to clean between your teeth.
- Use an antibacterial or a fluoride mouthwash to add an extra layer of protection against tooth decay.
- Change your toothbrush every three months, or when the bristles become worn or frayed.
- Eat healthy foods and limit the intake of sugary and between-meal snacks.
- Visit your Wantirna South dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleanings.
Dental Abscess Treatment in Wantirna South
If you have a dental abscess and wish to see your Wantirna South dentist immediately, call us and set an appointment now.
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