Tooth Abscess Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Tooth Abscess treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.

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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
    • Denture
    • Tooth implant

Medication

  • Antibiotics to fight residual infection of the tooth or gums
  • Nonprescription pain relief drugs ( ibuprofen or acetaminophen ) and warm salt water rinses


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Learn what Tooth Abscess is
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
Tooth Abscess Causes
Causes
What causes Tooth Abscess? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Tooth Abscess Risk Factors
Risk Factors
Are you at risk of getting Tooth Abscess? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
Tooth Abscess Diagnosis
Diagnosis
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
Tooth Abscess Symptoms
Symptoms
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Tooth Abscess Complications
Complications
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.

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Screening for Tooth Abscess
Screening
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Tooth Abscess Medications
Medications
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
Tooth Abscess Prevention
Prevention
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Tooth Abscess Treatment
Treatment
Can this condition be treated? What Tooth Abscess treatment options are available?
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Care
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