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.

Circumstances That Require Removal Of Wisdom Teeth At Different Times

Removing all four wisdom teeth at the same time has many advantages.  It minimizes the number of surgeries and recoveries, anesthesia, and use of medications.  Patients experience the same discomfort regardless of the number of teeth being removed.  This is why most patients will have all of their wisdom teeth removed at the same time.

But, there are some situations that may require wisdom teeth to be removed at different times than the others.  One circumstance is when the lower wisdom teeth are close to a sensory nerve that is in the lower jaw bone.  Any nerve disturbance during the extraction could lead to numbness in the lower lip and chin.  In most cases, it is temporary, but in some situations it may be more prolonged or permanent.

An experienced oral surgeon will call for a Panorex x-ray to better visualize each structure and asses their relationship.  If both of the lower wisdom teeth are in contact with the nerve, then it is best to extract only one of the lower wisdom teeth and delay extraction of the other until the patient’s lip and chin are assessed for normal sScared-toothensory function.

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