Tooth Abscess is defined as the painful swelling, which happens around the gums and your teeth area due to infestation of bacteria. One would notice that some pus filled fluid at times to. Other symptoms associated with tooth abscess include pain along with trouble swelling, bleeding from the gums and oozing out of this pus-like liquid.
HOW IS TOOTH ABSCESS DIAGNOSED?
The dentistry expert will conduct a physical examination looking for signs of cavity or tooth abscess. An x-ray and a CT scan are recommended to understand the severity of the condition.
HOW IS TOOTH ABSCESS TREATED?
Dentists will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. They may be able to save your tooth with a root canal treatment, but in some cases the tooth may need to be pulled. Open up (incise) and drain the abscess. The dentist will make a small cut into the abscess, allowing the pus to drain out, and then wash the area with saltwater (saline).
Perform a root canal. This can help eliminate the infection and save your tooth. To do this, your dentist drills down into your tooth, removes the diseased central tissue (pulp) and drains the abscess. He or she then fills and seals the tooth's pulp chamber and root canals. The tooth may be capped with a crown to make it stronger, especially for a molar tooth. If you care for your restored tooth properly, it can last a lifetime.
Pull the affected tooth. If the affected tooth can't be saved, your dentist will extract the tooth and drain the abscess to get rid of the infection.
Prescribe antibiotics. If the infection is limited to the abscessed area, you may not need antibiotics. But if the infection has spread to nearby teeth, your jaw or other areas, your dentist will likely prescribe antibiotics to stop it from spreading further. He or she may also recommend antibiotics if you have a weakened immune system.
DID YOU KNOW?
Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious, even life-threatening, complications