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How is an abscessed tooth treated?

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The goal is to get rid of the infection. To do that, the endodontist may try:

Keep in mind, if an abscess ruptures, your pain will ease, but you'll still need treatment from a dentist or endodontist.

  • Antibiotics: If the infection has spread past the abscess site to your jaw or farther into your body, you’ll probably get them. However, they won’t cure the abscess.
  • Extraction: If the endodontist can’t save the tooth, it will have to come out.
  • Root canal: You may have heard about this common way to treat an abscess. It’s the best way to save your tooth. The endodontist drills into your tooth and cleans the pulp from inside it and the root canals that go down into your gum. He fills and seals the empty spaces. You’ll either get a filling or a crown. The restored tooth will look and work just like your other teeth.
  • Surgery: You may need it to drain a periodontal abscess.

From: What Is an Abscessed Tooth? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Guideline on Use of Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Dental Procedures.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tooth abscess: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Tooth abscess: Symptoms & causes.”

American Association of Endodontists: “Abscessed Teeth.”

Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor, associate dean for outreach and diversity, UCLA.

Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research : “Periodontal Abscess: A Review.”

Rico Short, DMD, Apex Endodontics, Smyrna, GA.

American Dental Association: “Abscess (Toothache).”

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association : “How Do I Manage a Patient with Periodontal Abscess?”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 3, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Guideline on Use of Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Dental Procedures.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tooth abscess: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Tooth abscess: Symptoms & causes.”

American Association of Endodontists: “Abscessed Teeth.”

Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor, associate dean for outreach and diversity, UCLA.

Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research : “Periodontal Abscess: A Review.”

Rico Short, DMD, Apex Endodontics, Smyrna, GA.

American Dental Association: “Abscess (Toothache).”

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association : “How Do I Manage a Patient with Periodontal Abscess?”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 3, 2017

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