Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
Posted on 3/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
A dental abscess is a small pocket of pus that is next to a tooth. An abscess will often cause pain, but that is not always the case. There have been people who have had an abscess for years without any pain, but that does not mean that you should ignore the problem.
If you have an abscess, that means that there is likely a more serious issue on the tooth next to the abscess. Leaving it untreated could lead to infection, or something much worse. Not all abscesses require surgery. Here are some of the common ways that dental abscesses are treated.
Draining Sometimes all that needs to be done for an abscess is that it be drained. This is not as cut and dry as it may seem. There are several different methods that are used to drain an abscess, and which one we pick will depend on many different factors.
Root canals are a common way to treat a dental abscess, with a high success rate. With a root canal, the damaged area around the tooth is removed. Root canals have a reputation for a lot of pain afterwards, but it is not a reputation that they deserve. It is a common procedure that has helped countless people.
Sometimes surgery is necessary for an abscessed tooth. It could be that the tooth needs to be removed in order to heal the problem. It that is the case, the abscess should heal not long after the tooth has been removed.
Ignoring an abscess can cause problems. The longer you ignore it, the worse those problems could be. The best thing to do if you think that you have an abscess is to come in and see us. We will then decide the best way to treat it.
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