The accumulation of pus in the teeth, gums, or nearby bone is called a dental abscess.
It is a serious form of dental emergency, and unfortunately not many people know it.
At Ria Family Dental, we have same-day emergency appointments to relieve you of your pain as soon as possible.
Read on to learn more about dental abscess and its accompanying risks to your oral health.
Common Causes of a Dental Abscess
A dental abscess is an accumulation of pus caused by an infection. Pus is a whitish-yellow protein-rich fluid composed of dead white blood cells.
It occurs one or two days after an infection sets in. Once it develops, no first aid step can make it go away. Only your dentist can effectively treat a dental abscess.
Left untreated, the infection can spread to the root of the tooth and ultimately to the rest of the body via the bloodstream.
The infection causing the dental abscess can be caused by the following:
- Severe tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Food stuck in your teeth
- Root canal complications
- Poor dental work
Symptoms Of A Dental Abscess
The dental pus is visible, but aside from that, a dental abscess may also have the following symptoms:
- Foul breath
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bitter taste in the tongue
- Redness and soreness of the gums
- Redness and soreness of the cheeks
- Pain in eating
- General feeling of illness
- Enlarged neck glands
- Swollen jaw
First Aid Steps
As noted, once a dental abscess develops only your dentist can make it go away. The following first aid steps will help you manage and subdue its effects before your trip to the dentist.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse your mouth. You can also use a salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of lukewarm water). Peppermint tea can also be used as gargle.
- Apply clove oil to minimise pain or take OTC pain relievers, but always be mindful of their restrictions.
- Never put an aspirin directly to the gums. This can cause a chemical burn.
- See your dentist immediately.
Treatment for a Dental Abscess
Determining the cause of the infection is crucial in the treatment process. By treating the cause the dental abscess can be treated, otherwise it will persist.
Treatment may include:
- Antibiotic therapy
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth extraction
- Periodontal surgery
Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment At Ria Family Dental
In case of a dental emergency, call and visit your trusted Ria Family Dental team. We have same-day emergency appointments to relieve you of your pain as soon as possible.
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