What Is a Dental Abscess?
Abscesses are the result of an underlying infection. For example, periapical tooth abscesses form due to an untreated cavity resulting in an abscess forming at the start of the tooth's root.
A periodontal abscess comes from bacteria under the gums, pulling the gums away from the teeth and jawbone, which causes an abscess that forms on the gum line.
Sometimes, evidence of the infection appears as a pimple-like lesion on the gums or may just feel painful and swollen.
Active infections can put your overall health at risk.
What Can I Do About My Abscess?
They will not go away on their own and will likely continue to be an issue until the underlying problem has been treated.
Patients should not try and treat dental abscesses at home; they require the attention of a dentist.
To help treat the abscess, there are several things your local Lincoln dentist can do.
- Prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection
- Treat the abscess by lancing and draining it
- Perform the necessary root canals, fillings, or other dental procedures to treat the underlying issue
- As a last resort, the dentist may consider the extraction of the tooth
The best treatment method for your dental abscess will vary depending on the circumstances. Likely your dentist will implement more than one strategy for treating the abscess, such as antibiotics and a root canal to remove the infection.
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Antelope Creek Family Dentistry provides the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. We are currently accepting new patients. If you have a dental abscess, there is no reason to wait. Getting care as soon as possible is the best choice for your health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to meet with a dentist to see how we can help.