Most people think that a dental abscess is not a dental emergency and that it will simply go away given a couple of days. Unfortunately, a dental abscess is not something that time can heal. Only your dentist can.
A dental abscess means so much more than just pus; it is an indication of another dental problem developing. If you notice pus in your mouth, call your A Supa Smile dentist immediately.
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What Causes Dental Abscess?
A dental abscess is the formation/accumulation of pus in your tooth, gums, or in the bones that hold the teeth. Pus is protein-rich liquid composed of dead white blood cells. It is yellowish or whitish –yellow in nature and can have a foul odour. A dental abscess develops one or two days after an infection in your mouth. The infection can be one of the following:
- Dead/dying nerve or pulp
- Gum disease
- Severe tooth decay
- Root canal problems
- Poor dental work
- Poor oral hygiene
The following are other symptoms of dental abscess aside from the visible pus.
- Pain in the affected area
- Bitter taste in the tongue
- Foul breath
- Difficulty opening the mouth/ chewing/ or swallowing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food/drinks
- Red and swollen gums and cheeks
What To Do
If your have the mentioned symptoms, it is important to call your dentist immediately. Again, a dental abscess will not go away, and will only worsen if left unattended.
To treat the dental abscess, the cause of the infection has to be determined and also be treated. If you have a dental abscess, the following are important first aid steps to follow before your trip to your dentist.
- Use a salt-water or antiseptic mouthwash to rinse your mouth. For the salt-water, dissolve 12 teaspoons of salt to eight ounces of lukewarm water. Use this to rinse your mouth several times a day.
- Brush your teeth thoroughly and floss in between to make sure that there is no food debris present.
- You can take pain relievers, but do not give/take aspirin if you are 18 years old or below. Never put aspirin to the affected area as this can lead to burns.
- Apply a cold compress to cheek to reduce swelling.
- Visit your dentist immediately.
Treatment At A Supa Smile
The first thing that your family dentist will do to treat dental abscess, is to drain the pus. The cause will be determined and from there the treatment begins. Determining and treating the root cause of the abscess is important, otherwise a new dental abscess will form. Treatment could be:
- Tooth extraction
- Periodontal surgery
- Root canal treatment
A Supa Smile, Your Family Dentists In Croydon If you are experiencing a dental emergency call us as soon as possible for an emergency appointment. We will quickly attend to your needs to provide you the relief you need for any dental emergency.
Guaranteed same day emergency appointment. When it comes to a dental emergency, A Supa Smile in Croydon is your best choice.