When it comes to dental malformities, injuries and aching pain, dental problems can give a constant pain reminder. When something is not right with your teeth, it is a constant feeling of pain and uncomfortablenness. Oftentimes, the source of that uncomfortable pain can be an infection crying for attention. Dental abscesses are infections within your gum or teeth. If left untreated, these infections can spread and impact your overall body health. The following are three (3) important facts about abscess diagnosis and treatment in order to protect your health.
1. Abscess Diagnosis
If you or your dentist tap the tooth and you feel sensitivity or pressure, then an abscess may exist at its root. An X–ray can be used to confirm the existence of an abscess and allow your dentist to see if it has spread to any other areas. In some cases, with a deep infection, the abscess can spread to other areas of the neck. In these cases, a CT scan is used to assess the extent and expansion of the infection.
2. Abscess Treatment
An abscess treatment can sometimes be as simple as your dentist making a small incise/cut into the abscess and letting the pus drain out. The incision is then followed up with a saline solution rinse (salt water rinse). When the infection has spread to within your tooth, your dentist in Chandler AZ will need to perform a root canal in order to both rid you of the infection and save your tooth. A root canal involves drilling into the tooth, removing the tooth’s pulp (i.e., the diseased tissue) and draining the abscess. The tooth may require a cap thereafter as well. If unable to save the tooth, it may need to be pulled as a last resort. Then, the abscess would be drained after the extraction. If required, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to help prevent the infection from spreading further (e.g., like the jaw, other teeth, your neck, etc.).
3. Where to Find Care in Chandler, AZ
You want to get immediate attention and treatment of any abscess that you may have. Ignoring the problem will not make the problem go away. In fact, it will make the problem worse and you can lose a tooth that might otherwise have been able to be saved. Or even worse, the infection spreads and can be life impacting in the most extreme cases. Avoid these situations and seek treatment with the dental professionals at J. Philipp Centers for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.