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Relieving Pain and Infection from Dental Abscesses


Posted on 11/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Woman with dental pain due to abscessAbscesses are localized bacterial infections affecting the teeth, gums, or jawbone. These pocketed collections of pus most often stem from untreated tooth decay. If left unchecked, dental abscesses can spread and cause serious complications. Thankfully, a range of dental treatments can promptly address abscesses and infections to bring relief.

Symptoms of an Abscess


Severe, throbbing tooth pain is typically the first sign of an abscess. Swelling, tenderness, or redness in nearby teeth, gums, face, or neck often follows as the infection progresses. Pus drainage, foul taste, fever, and difficulty in opening the jaw fully may also occur. It is important to seek prompt dental treatment at the first signs of infection.

Treatment Goals


The primary goals are draining pus to relieve pressure and eliminating the underlying infection. Antibiotics are prescribed to combat bacterial spread. Pain medication brings comfort until the infection clears. Drainage and debridement open and disinfect the abscess pocket. The affected tooth is treated or extracted from there to eliminate the source.

Additional Considerations for Advanced Cases


If the infection penetrates bone or spreads extensively, hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics may be needed. Surgical incision and drainage of the abscess could also become necessary. However, when identified early, most dental abscesses can be managed with thorough cleaning, antibiotics, and numbing medications alone.

Preventing Recurrence


Practicing good oral hygiene and obtaining routine dental care help prevent abscesses from forming. Promptly treating tooth decay avoids allowing infections to set in. Getting teeth whitened can make cavities easier to spot. Maintaining oral health means keeping your smile free of harmful bacteria.

While painful and concerning, dental abscesses and infections can be promptly resolved when properly diagnosed and treated. With the infection cleared, your smile can heal and regain comfortable function. Be sure to follow your dentist's recommendations for optimal recovery.
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