There may come a time when you experience severe dental pain that simply will not go away. In this case, there could be an abscess present that needs to be drained or addressed with antibiotics. We here at Destination Dental Care will help to treat the abscess so that you can go back to living your life without the pain involved.
What is a Dental Abscess?
A dental abscess is when a pocket of bacteria builds up and around the root of an infected tooth and cause pus to form inside the teeth and gums, or on the bone itself. Anyone, including children and adults, who have a dental infection can get a dental abscess. There are two main types of abscesses, which include a periapical abscess and a periodontal abscess. A periapical abscess is when the abscess forms at the root tip of the tooth. A periodontal abscess is when the abscess forms or affects the bone near your tooth. It is important to know that a dental abscess will not go away on its own, so it is best to make an appointment here with us a Destination Dental Care so we can help to alleviate the problem.
What is involved with Abscess Treatment?
Abscess treatment can be done several ways and depends solely on where the abscess is located. If the abscess is underneath the gum line, often referred to as a periapical abscess, a course of antibiotics is needed to clear the infection. If, however, the abscess is visible in the mouth, it will be drained, and you may also be given a course of antibiotics to take.
How to tell if Abscess Treatment is needed
There are several ways for you to tell if abscess treatment is needed. An exam and x-ray will be taken to determine the location of the abscess and to determine the best treatment course. Some of the most common symptoms of an abscess include:
- Severe Pain in the affected area when chewing or touched
- A feeling of severe pressure in the affected area
- Swollen Cheeks and Gums
- Fever that won’t go away
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food and liquids
- A constant foul taste in the mouth
- Difficulties or pain while opening the mouth
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
If you need abscess treatment, contact us immediately and one of our staff members would be happy to assist you further.