If your tooth gets infected, then you will more than likely contract a dental abscess. The symptoms of an abscessed tooth are extremely painful, so you must seek dental care immediately. First, the dentist will remove any existing tooth decay or deposits on the tooth and gums. Next, the dentist will clean your teeth and gums to remove any possible infection. After cleaning and scraping the teeth, the dentist will inject antibacterial medicine into the abscess to begin working to kill the bacteria that is making the abscess.
Once the antibacterial injection has been given, the dentist will place a drainage tube on the wound, and leave it alone for a day or two. Then they will take an endoscope and look inside the area around the abscess to see what can be found. In an average dental abscess, the doctor will see dark, yellow pus coming from the inflamed nerve. If they see any blood, then the chances of saving the tooth are grim. Next, the dentist will fill the abscess with a light sterilized fluid and then suture the edges together. The dentist will continue this process for a few days until there is no more pus or blood.
Although dental abscesses are very painful, they are easily prevented by taking simple steps to maintain good dental hygiene. One such step is to brush your teeth several times a day, floss and, use mouthwash. This will help to keep your teeth free from bacteria and plaque, and thus reduce the risk of developing any type of dental caries. Routine dental exams and visits to see a dentist will further serve to prevent the occurrence of a dental abscess.
One thing that makes dental abscesses so dangerous is when they do not heal properly. If they aren’t treated by a professional, they will spread to other parts of your body, and cause additional complications such as further infection, kidney failure or, even heart disease. They can spread from just one tooth to all of your teeth if they are not treated properly.
When a dental abscess causes your jaw to swell, you may experience extreme pain, and your facial muscles may become weak. If you have a severe infection and you don’t get treatment, the infection can spread throughout your body, and it could eventually lead to more serious health issues. Your immune system may become affected, and you could end up developing symptoms such as flu-like symptoms, sinus headaches, nasal congestion, memory loss, nausea, vomiting and, even seizures.
When you have severe pain in your oral cavity, you should always contact your dentist as soon as possible. If you wait to see if the problem goes away on its own, it may get worse. It is better to be safe than sorry. In most instances, your dentist will be equipped to successfully treat a dental abscess. On the occasion that you experience a more serious dental abscess, your dentist will let you know that you should be seen by an oral surgeon. A qualified oral surgeon should be able to perform a dental abscess extraction if it is necessary.