Dental abscess is probably one of the most painful tooth infections which you can experience. It is a painful condition which occurs between the tooth and the gums caused by deep caries that has reached the roots of your tooth.
If you are experiencing an extremely sharp or shooting pain in the mouth then chances are you have tooth abscess. Aside from this, you may also have a bitter taste in the mouth, experience pain while you chew food, development of swollen neck glands, existence of draining sores on the sides of your gums coupled with redness and swelling; occurrence of bad breath and tooth sensitivity; and lastly fever.
Types of Dental Abscess
• Periodontal abscess: the abscess sets into the teeth’s supporting bone tissue structures
• Periapical abscess: the soft pulp of the tooth is the site where the abscess sets in.
• Gingival abscess: this abscess affects the gum tissue only; the periodontal ligament or the tooth are not affected;
Dental abscess can be caused by several factors, some of which are:
• Poor dental hygiene
• Intake of a lot of sugary or starchy food and drink
• Trauma to the tooth (like instances when a tooth is chipped or broken)
• Existence of openings in the tooth enamel
• Dental procedures which have accidentally created periodontal pockets
• Untreated gum damage
People having a weak immune system, especially those with an underlying health condition (like diabetes), or those suffering from the side effects of treatments (such as chemotherapy or steroid medication), are also at a risk of being affected by dental abscess.
Steps to manage this condition
If you suffer from dental abscess, the objective of treatment would be to get rid of the infection at first, thus ensuring that the tooth is saved and complications are prevented.
To accomplish this, we may suggest:
Performing a root canal
• Draining the abscess via an incision
• Surgery to remove the affected tooth (in case it can’t be saved)
While the area heals, your dentist may suggest some steps to help ease discomfort, such as:
• Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, as prescribed.
• Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.
More often than not, medications are given by dentists to help patients fight the grown of infection. The most common drug used are painkillers like ibuprofen: Motrin or Advil. This is primarily given to help reduce the amount of pain experienced by the patients of tooth abscess.
To limit the possibility of tooth abscess, all of us are advised to practice good proper hygiene, use an antiseptic mouthwash regularly, maintain a low sugar diet, regular dental check-ups and prompt treatment to any diagnosed tooth decay.
The best way to treat tooth abscess is to get the pus drained. This can be done through root canal treatment wherein the dentist removes the tissues of the infected dead pulp together with the debris and bacteria that triggers the sharp, throbbing painful experience.
After this draining process, the tooth canals are then filled with a permanent gutta percha filling before a tooth covering is applied to it in the form a tooth crown. If the infection is too severe then the last option is to extract the tooth out.
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