Dental Infection Treatment

Dental Infection Treatment

It is important to schedule an appointment right away if you have persistent tooth pain. This pain can be an indication that you have an abscess within either your gums or your tooth. When an abscess forms you may experience painful swelling, and possibly pus at the site. The abscess forms as your body’s way of trying to contain the infection.

Abscesses can form within one to two days after an infection appears and can be placed into two different categories. A tooth-related abscess occurs when the nerve of a tooth is dead or dying. This abscess will be found inside the tooth near the tip of the root, and if left untreated will spread to the surrounding bone. A gum-related abscess appears when an infection between the tooth and gum is left untreated, mainly due to food getting trapped in these spaces.

The good news is that with proper treatment an abscess can heal quickly. During your appointment we will we find the source of the infection that is causing the abscess. If the issue is gum related the area will be thoroughly cleaned and the pus will be drained. The infection will then be treated so that another abscess doesn’t form. If the issue originated within a tooth a small hole will be made in the tooth allowing the pus to drain. Next a root canal will be performed to clean out the infected area, and your tooth will either get a filling or crown placed. We will then decide if you need any form of antibiotics to make sure the infection is cleared.

When an abscess is left untreated there is a chance to infection can last for years. There is also the risk of the infection of spreading to other areas of the body and creating serious health problems. If you feel like you may have an abscess, please contact our office to make an appointment!