Understanding Treatment Options for a Dental Abscess

May 23, 2017

A dental abscess is a pocket of infected material within the gums. In most cases, it is the result of untreated tooth decay that has penetrated the root and the socket of the tooth. There are a few different treatment options that Dr. Clark might recommend.

If the abscess is small and the infection is localized in the gums, he might be able to treat it with a course of antibiotics. The tooth itself might need a root canal or a total extraction to prevent further recurrence.

For a large abscess or one that threatens to enter the bloodstream, he might recommend having the abscess surgically extracted. This often includes extracting the severely decayed tooth as well. Once all infected tissues have been removed, the surgeon will suture your gums.

Dr. Clark will likely prescribe a course of postoperative antibiotics to treat any lingering infection in your bloodstream. A prescription for pain medication might also be included so you can be more comfortable during the recovery process.

The incision in your gums might weep a little blood for a few days after the extraction. You can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on some rolled-up sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you can lightly rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.

While your gums are healing, you should avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth. You shouldn’t drink through a straw as the suction can pull blood clots loose.

Once your gums have completely healed, your dentist can help you understand your dental restoration options. This often calls for inserting a dental implant into the vacant socket.

If you are suffering with an abscess in Scottsdale, AZ, you should not delay in calling 480.525.5064 to have it treated at Scottsdale Dental Excellence.

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