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A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is an accumulation of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. The abscess typically originates from a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. If the plaque is not removed by regular and proper tooth brushing and flossing the bacteria may spread within the soft tissue inside the tooth or gums, eventually resulting in an abscess.
Pus collects at the site of the infection and will become progressively more painful until it either ruptures and drains on its own or is drained surgically. Sometimes the infection can progress to the point where swelling threatens to block the airway, causing difficulty breathing. Dental abscesses can also make you generally ill, with nausea, vomiting, fevers, chills, and sweats.
Many people who have who have cavities or toothaches can take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines) such as ibuprofen or naproxen, or pain medicine such as acetaminophen as needed for relief of pain. If an abscess ruptures by itself, warm water rinses will help cleanse the mouth and encourage drainage. Medical treatment results in the doctor deciding to cut open the abscess and allow the pus to drain. It can also be drained through the infected tooth at the start of a root canal procedure. Unless the abscess ruptures on its own, these are usually the only ways that the infection can be cured.
Prevention plays a major role in maintaining good dental health. Daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups can help prevent tooth decay and dental abscesses.
If you or a loved one are experiencing these conditions, please ask us and contact your primary healthcare physician to prevent any further complications. Stay smiling and stay healthy everyone! 🤓
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