Infection and Dental Abscesses Treatment
What You Need To Know About Infection and Dental Abscesses
Untreated tooth decay and gum disease are common oral health issues that could lead to further complications.
A tooth abscess is a pus-filled pocket caused by a bacterial infection. It can develop in different sites around a tooth for various reasons and harm not only the affected tooth, but also the underlying structures and sometimes neighbouring teeth.
Tooth infections can result in complications like tooth loss or even health problems if left untreated.
At Piara Waters Dental, we provide emergency dental care 24/7. Dental work often involves emergency treatment of tooth infection and dental abscesses, which are both serious conditions that require immediate attention.
It’s important that you contact Piara Waters Dental as soon as possible if you believe that your emergency might be something more than just a regular checkup!
Benefits of Urgent Treatment of
Infections and Dental Abscesses
A tooth abscess is considered a dental emergency. If a patient avoids treatment, it may result in a more serious medical problem. Abscesses are extremely painful because they are caused by an infection in the middle of the tooth.
Any infection in your head, especially in your mouth, should be treated with caution because it is so close to your brain. Your dentist will most likely prescribe an antibiotic to help destroy the bacteria causing your tooth infection.
Early treatment of tooth abscesses and infection can save you from further complications, including:
Increase the likelihood of saving the tooth.
The most important reason to visit an emergency dentist is to have a damaged tooth restored. If you suspect a tooth infection or notice pus, contact the dentist right away. Immediate treatment will prevent the infection from becoming more severe and avoid the need for tooth extraction.
Minimise the risk of health problems
Any infection located in your upper body, especially the head, is considered an emergency case as it may spread to the other areas and affect the brain and heart, becoming fatal. Receiving proper treatment avoids this serious health risk.
It prevents the infection from spreading.
If left untreated, a tooth infection can spread to other parts of the body over weeks or months. This can result in severe symptoms such as a fever, difficulty breathing, or difficulty swallowing.
Avoid more extensive dental procedures.
Treating the infection early can save you time and keep you from having to undergo invasive procedures. When the pus pops inside your mouth, it might irritate and infect your gums and the other teeth, which might need additional dental treatment.
It relieves your pain
When you have a toothache caused by an abscess, the pain is likely to be excruciating. Even if you can ease their discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers, you will continue to be in discomfort until you can see a dentist. An emergency dentist determines which treatments are required to get you out of your pain.
Preserve adjacent teeth
Another advantage of urgent dental care is that it preserves the surrounding tissues and nearby teeth that may become infected if neglected.
Why Choose Piara Waters Dental for Treating Infection & Abcesses
If you think you have a tooth abscess or know someone, make an emergency appointment right away. Please contact us at 08 6196 4661!
The root cause of tooth infection and abscess varies depending on the type of infection that occurs.
Poor oral hygiene. When a person does not practise proper dental hygiene habits. The gums become infected due to plaque buildup. It normally has little effect on the tooth or its supporting components, but there is a risk of infection of the tooth once gingivitis is left untreated. Poor oral hygiene may also increase the likelihood of other dental issues such as tooth decay, tooth loss, and so on.
Extensive tooth decay. Bacteria can invade the tooth through tooth decay, cavities, chips, or fractures and spread all the way to the root. The bacterial infection can cause inflammation and irritation at the tip of the tooth root, affecting the dental pulp. This kind of infection is called a periapical abscess.
Periodontal disease. Advanced gum disease occurs when gum irritation does not receive treatment. The infection begins in the bone and tissues that support the tooth. Periodontal abscesses are more common in adults and are caused by periodontitis or gum disease.
Frequent sugar consumption.
Consuming sugary foods and drinks regularly, such as candies and sodas, can lead to dental cavities and result in tooth abscesses.
It’s important to understand that infections won’t go away on their own, so urgent treatment by the dentist is necessary if you think you have one. If left untreated, it can spread to your jaw or other parts of your head or neck.
However, you may do some home care while waiting for the response of the emergency dentist or when necessary.
- To relieve the pain, take over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
- Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
- Use only a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing your teeth.
- Avoid chewing on the side where the affected tooth is and try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the tooth.
- Avoid eating hot or cold foods, as well as chewy and hard foods.
Depending on the severity of the abscess, your dentist may recommend one of the following treatments:
Root canal therapy. The dentist may perform root canals to remove the infected tooth pulp and other dead tissues inside the tooth.
Opens the pus and drains the abscesses. The dentist will make a small cut into the abscess to allow the pus to drain, and then clean the affected area with salt water (saline). In some cases, a little rubber drain may be placed to maintain the site open for drainage until the swelling subsides.
Tooth extraction. If the damaged tooth cannot be saved, the best alternative may be tooth extraction. The dentist may advise pulling the tooth and draining the abscess to remove the infection.
Antibiotics. Antibiotics may not be required if the infection is localized to the abscessed area. However, if the infection has progressed to surrounding teeth, your jaw, or other regions, your dentist will most likely prescribe antibiotics to prevent it from spreading more. If you have a weakened immune system, they may additionally recommend antibiotics.
If you have a tooth infection, your pain may be described as the following:
- A toothache that radiates to the jawbone, neck, or ear that is severe, persistent, and throbbing.
- Continuously or during meals.
Other oral symptoms may include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Redness of your gum.
- Loosening of the tooth.
- Sensitivity to pressure when chewing or biting.
- Sudden flow or discharge that is foul-smelling.
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth.
Other general symptoms could include the following:
- High fever
- Swelling in your cheeks or on your face
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
- Swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck or areas that are tender when you touch.
We recommend seeking emergency treatment as early as possible if you notice any signs or indications of tooth abscess.
Signs that you need immediate medical treatment are fever, swelling in your face, and difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you can’t reach your dentist, go to the nearest emergency room to get assistance. Such signs may indicate that the infection has spread further into your jaw, surrounding tissue, or other areas of your body.
During your appointment, describe and inform your dentist about any symptoms you have. Include anything that appears to be unrelated to your tooth or mouth pain. Also, inform the dentist of any current medications and health conditions you have.
You can ask your dentist related questions to help you understand the condition and treatment plan.
Tooth infections and abscesses can be prevented by visiting a dental office regularly for routine checkups and professional cleaning. This could detect early signs of any oral infection and perform preventive care. If you notice your teeth becoming loose or chipped, have your dentist check them immediately.
Moreover, oral hygiene is essential for good dental health and wellness. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once per day.