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What to Do about Tooth Abscess

What to Do about Tooth Abscess

If you have ever had an abscessed tooth, you know how painful they are. Tooth abscess involves pus that has collected in or under the tissue surrounding the tooth. An abscessed tooth results from a bacterial infection or gum disease. The bacteria produce the pus, and when this pus has no way to escape, it results in the abscess, which typically causes pain that feels like a shooting or stabbing pain. The pain is especially pronounced when biting or chewing anything.

Treatment for an abscessed tooth typically involves multiple steps. If you see a dentist for an abscessed tooth, here is a general overview of what you can expect.

First, the abscess needs to be cleaned out and removed. This involves draining the abscess, and may require root canal treatment if the abscess is inside the tooth. You are also given an antibiotic to eliminate the bacteria that has caused the abscess.

Once the abscess and bacteria have been eliminated, whatever caused the abscess is treated. Whether the cause was severe tooth decay, a broken tooth, or gum disease, the condition is corrected with fillings, crowns, root canals, deep cleanings or any other necessary treatments.

After the cause of the abscess has been eliminated, the focus changes to prevention of the problem that caused the abscess in the first place. Normally, these problems can be avoided with proper oral hygiene. Here are a few tips to follow to help prevent the problems that lead to tooth abscess.

• Brush your teeth twice a day.
• Floss daily to remove debris from between the teeth.
• Use an anti-bacterial mouth rinse daily.
• See your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning and dental exam. This exam can help to spot any issues before they become severe.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our office.

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