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Abscess Tooth Treatment

What is an abscess tooth?

An abscess tooth is usually a severe infection at the root of a tooth or where the gum and the tooth meet. An abscess tooth is most likely caused by tooth decay, trauma to the tooth, or gum disease. Many times when someone has teeth or gum issues, or have pain related to the teeth, medical questions may come up. Read below where questions about abscess tooth have been answered by the Experts.

How does an abscess tooth infection happen?

There are two different types of tooth abscesses. There are dento-alveolar abscesses and periodontal abscess. Dento-alveolar abscess is a tooth abscess that is caused from a dental pulp that has been damaged by tooth decay. Periodontal abscess is generally caused from swollen gum tissue. Either can be diagnosed with a visual exam or with x-rays.

Can an abscess tooth cause fever, sinus irritation and puss pockets in an individual’s tonsils?

An abscessed tooth can cause a slight fever. The abscess could leak out of the ends of the roots and leak into the sinus cavities and cause sinus irritation. An abscessed tooth is unlikely to cause puss pockets on an individual’s tonsils.

Is it possible for an airway to close because of an abscess tooth swelling?

It is not all that common for an individual’s airway to close because of abscess tooth swelling. However, if the abscess tooth swelling is in the lower molar teeth, the swelling can go into the tissue space under the mouth and then go into the connective tissue of the neck and cause airway obstruction. The first step is to get the abscess tooth to drain and the individual should get professional attention as soon as possible before there is severe swelling of the face.

What are some treatments for an abscess tooth?

If the individual cannot get into a dentist to take care of the abscess tooth, they can go to the emergency room or urgent care to get antibiotics. The antibiotics will get the infection under control until they are able to get into the dentist. The emergency room or urgent care will not be able to fix the abscess tooth; however the emergency room will be able to give the individual a prescription for antibiotics that will help bring relief of the pain.

Can an abscess tooth be removed while there is still an infection?

Dentists now are seeing that it may not necessary to get rid of the infection before taking the tooth out. Removing the tooth can actually help get rid of the infection by allowing it to drain. The dentist may want the individual to take antibiotics before and after the tooth is removed it would be better to take the tooth out as soon as possible. If the dentist does not feel comfortable taking the tooth out with the infection, the dentist should refer the individual to an oral surgeon.

A tooth abscess can be very painful and uncomfortable. Antibiotics will help to get the infection under control. However there are times when infections in the teeth and gums could cause questions regarding treatment. Contacting a medical Expert may be the best course of action to determine treatment regarding pain or symptoms of an abscess tooth.
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