Dental Abscess Leichhardt
A dental abscess — a build-up of pus in the teeth or under the gums. This can occur in different parts of the tooth because of several different reasons.
Your Leichhardt dentist will treat a dental abscess by draining and removing the affected area.
Your Leichhardt dentist may be able to save your tooth with a root canal therapy, but in worst cases, the tooth may need removal.
If left untreated, dental abscess can lead to serious and worse, life-threatening problems.
Causes of Dental Abscess
When the dental pulp — the deepest part of the tooth — is infected by bacteria, a dental abscess happens.
Bacteria is absorbed through an opening and spreads down to the sensitive portions of the tooth. This can cause redness and inflammation to the tip of the tooth root.
Symptoms of Dental Abscess
Symptoms of dental abscess include:
- pain and discomfort
- sensitivity to extreme temperature
- bad breath
- recurring fever
- generally unwell feeling
- difficulty opening the mouth
- difficulty sleeping
Dental Abscess Treatments
Dental abscesses are treated by removing the source of the infection and draining away all the pus.
The possible treatments are the following:
Root canal therapy is done to remove the abscess from the affected tooth before filling and sealing.
Tooth extraction may be necessary if root canal therapy seems impossible to be done.
Incision and drainage wherein an incision is made on the gum to drain the abscess away.
A local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area and to help the patient calm down.
Antibiotics are not routinely recommended but may be used if the infection has spread widely or is particularly severe.
Preventing Dental Abscess
Avoiding tooth decay is important in preventing dental abscess. Maintain a teeth-friendly routine and diet to prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems from occuring.
- Drink plenty of fluoridated water
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss daily
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash to add an extra layer of protection against tooth decay
- Change your toothbrush every quarterly, or when the bristles become worn or frayed
- Eat teeth-friendly foods and limit your intake of sugary and between-meal snacks
- Visit your Leichhardt dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleanings
Dental Abscess Treatment in Leichhardt
If you have a dental abscess and would want to see your Leichhardt dentist right away, call us and set an appointment now.
In case of an emergency, call your Leichhardt dentist right away.
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Request an appointment with your dentist in Leichhardt today.
We are located at Shop 48, Leichhardt Marketplace Shopping Centre, 122-138 Flood Street in Leichhardt.