How To Treat A Dental Abscess

dental abscessA dental abscess is infection and accumulation of pus forms inside the teeth or gums. An abscess can be caused by bacteria buildup from plaque. If plaque is not removed by regular, proper brushing and flossing, the bacteria can spread within the soft tissue of the gums and result in an abscess.

The main symptom of an abscess is pain. It may be a throbbing pain that starts suddenly and becomes more intense. Other symptoms include sensitivity to cold or hot foods and liquids, a foul taste in the mouth, fever, difficulty opening your mouth or swallowing.

If you have a dental abscess it should be treated by a dentist so it doesn’t worsen. If you can’t see a dentist right away, you may want to consider going to a doctor or urgent care. If you have trouble swallowing or breathing, go straight to the emergency room.

Treatment for a dental abscess involves typical dental procedures and in some cases, surgery. The dentist will need to drain the puss and a root canal may be performed to fix the tooth. Over the counter painkillers may help reduce the pain. Avoid very cold or hot foods and drinks and use a very soft toothbrush until it is healed. Antibiotics will most likely be prescribed to prevent the infection from spreading.