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How is an abscessed tooth treated?

How is an abscessed tooth treated?

Once a tooth has an abscess, the treatment options consist of root canal therapy to clean and remove the infection or tooth extraction. Root canal therapy is a predictable and usually pain free procedure. If a wisdom tooth is involved, most commonly the tooth is removed. The prognosis for an abscessed tooth is good, especially if caught early. A dental professional may opt to place the patient on antibiotics at the time of treatment in order to prevent the infection from spreading further within the soft and hard tissue. Antibiotics are not always indicated and usually are prescribed at the discretion of the treating doctor. Warm compresses and pain management with anti-inflammatories are the best home remedies; however, the infection cannot be properly or fully addressed without seeing a dentist. Do not place aspirin directly over the gum tissue, this can lead to direct damage of the surrounding tissue.

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Comment from: pain-ful, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

This all started over twenty years ago by a dentist who "over-filled" three of my molars. I have had nothing but problems with them all. Right now I am suffering with an abscess, my jaw and neck are swollen, the pain is immense, but Tylenol helps. I cannot open my mouth to eat, and until the antibiotics clear up the infection the tooth, what's left of it, cannot be pulled.

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Comment from: Roberto, 3-6 Male (Patient) Published: March 06

My abscessed tooth started on Sunday at 7 am. Mom and dad treated the tooth with Advil and by cleaning the area with warm salt water. I don't know it this treatment would it work but I am a thumb sucker so therefore I think the bacteria spread out faster. By 10 pm the infection swelled my face to a size of small lemon. By 3 am is the size of an orange and the swelling is closing my right eye. Mom and Dad are worried but hopefully they will be able to control this thing until 8 am dentist appointment.

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