Treatment of abscesses
A Dental abscess is a collection of pus. Pus is a thick fluid that usually contains white blood cells, dead tissue and germs (bacteria).
The usual cause of an abscess is a bacterial infection of the tooth nerve. Alternatively an abscess infection can be restricted to soft tissue structures.
Symptoms of a dental abscess typically include pain, swelling and redness of the mouth and face. With an advanced infection, you may suffer nausea, vomiting, fever, chills and diarrhoea. Anti-biotics and pain killers may be required to combat the infection and pain before treatment can start.
A tooth abscess infection causes the fluids inside the tooth to greatly increase in volume resulting in swelling and pain.
The treatment, carried out under local anaesthetic ( freezing) therefore involves releasing this pressure and effectively cleaning and sterilising the inside of the tooth and the associated root canals to prevent recurrence. Typically, teeth have one, two or three root canals although on occasions extra, or ancillary canals are found and have to be dealt with at the same time.
At The Dental Centre we use the very latest Bio-Compatible root filling materials to obtain the best results.
Soft tissue abscesses are usually the result of oral hygiene issues when bacteria get a ‘foot hold’ in a gum pocket and produce pus.
Again, painkillers and anti-biotics may be required before oral hygiene treatments can begin.