Tooth Abscess Treatment
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How to Treat Tooth Abscess
Removal of Abscess Via Root Canal
- If an abscess results from tooth decay or a break or crack in the tooth:
- The tooth and surrounding tissue is numbed and a hole is drilled through top of the tooth.
- Pus and dead tissue are removed from the center of the tooth.
- The interior of the tooth and the root (nerve) canals are cleaned and filled with a permanent filling.
- A crown is placed on the tooth to protect it.
- If an abscess results from infection between the tooth and gum:
- The abscess is drained and thoroughly cleaned.
- The root surface of tooth is cleaned and smoothed.
- In some cases, surgery to reshape the gum is done to prevent recurrence of infection.
Tooth Extraction (Removal)
- Removal of the tooth may be required if:
- Tooth decay and/or tooth infection is too extensive for filling or root canal treatment.
- The break or crack in the tooth is too severe to be repaired.
- The infection or loss of tissue/bone between the tooth and gum is severe.
- If the tooth is extracted, it will be replaced with a:
- Partial bridge
- Tooth implant
- Antibiotics to fight residual infection of the tooth or gums
- Nonprescription pain relief drugs ( ibuprofen or acetaminophen ) and warm salt water rinses
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright ©2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved. Source: EBSCO