Patients in Kettering area ask, “What is the proper treatment for an abscessed tooth?”
An abscessed tooth can be caused by a number of factors; most commonly tooth decay or trauma to the tooth. The infection is the result of bacteria infiltrating the pulp of the tooth, and it can easily spread to jaw bone that supports teeth. The result is a sac filled with pus that causes a lot of pain. At Alex Bell Dental we have years of experience in treating the abscessed tooth to help remove infection and alleviate discomfort.
The most common symptom of an abscessed tooth is a severe toothache – either throbbing, or sharp, shooting pain. Some of the other symptoms patients may experience include:
- Pain when biting or chewing.
- Sensitivity to extreme temperatures (hot or cold).
- Bad breath.
- Swelling and redness of the gums.
- Open sore on the gum.
It is important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms, as the infection will continue to spread if left untreated.
Diagnosing the abscessed tooth involves gentle probing to check for sensitive areas when the tooth is touched, and to determine if pain increases when you perform certain functions such as biting. We also take X-rays to see the extent of the infection.
Treatment for an abscessed tooth requires elimination of the infection. The goal is always to try and save the tooth and minimize complications. The first step in treatment is opening the tooth to relieve discomfort and pressure. Once the infection is completely removed, the tooth is sealed and a crown is placed on top to provide stability and protect against further damage. Antibiotics may be prescribed to manage the infection. Warm salt-water rinses and over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen can provide relief from residual discomfort.
The best way to prevent an abscessed tooth is with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits. It’s also important to seek dental attention if you experience tooth trauma such as a break. Patients in the Kettering, Dayton, and Centerville areas can count on top notch care from Alex Bell Dental. If you are experiencing pain from an abscessed tooth, call us today for a fast appointment.
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