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How is an abscessed tooth treated?

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  • Antibiotics: If the infection has spread past the abscess site to your jaw or farther into your body, you’ll probably get them.
  • Extraction: If the endodontist can’t save the tooth, it will have to come out.
  • Root canal: 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.
  • Surgery: You may need it to drain a periodontal abscess.

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 Minesh Khatri on November 23, 2019

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 Minesh Khatri on November 23, 2019

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