How Do I Deal with an Abscessed Tooth?

A toothache is one of the most uncomfortable experiences one can have – and the problem is magnified even more if the affected tooth is abscessed. An abscessed tooth can wreak havoc in one’s daily normal activities, as the infection associated with dental abscess can cause a lot of pain to radiate from the mouth area to the whole head; at times the pain may even be enough to keep a person totally immobilized for hours.

Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth

  • Pain and tenderness in the area of the affected tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity in the immediate area of the abscessed tooth
  • Gums that are swollen and red
  • Pus is present in between the affected tooth and the gum line

The infection that causes an abscess can be avoided with proper oral hygiene. Regular and proper tooth brushing techniques, as well as the use of dental floss, can prevent infection (which causes the abscess to develop) from setting in. Regular dental checkups are very beneficial in making sure that good oral hygiene is maintained – and that early signs of an impending infection are diagnosed and treated accordingly.

When an abscessed tooth problem has already developed, it is important to seek immediate attention from a dentist; this is to ensure that the infection from the affected tooth does not have a chance to spread even further, causing more dental problems to develop and complicate the dental abscess concern. Regular dental visits will also be the most effective way to get permanent relief from the extreme pain that usually accompanies the abscessed tooth – if pus is present, the dentist will be able to successfully drain fluid from the area, providing much-needed pain relief. Any medications such as antibiotics can also be prescribed by the dentist to take care of the infection completely, so that the abscessed tooth problem can be bid goodbye permanently!

About the Author:

Inna Shimanovsky, DMD and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.