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What to Do About a Tooth Abscess

What to Do About a Tooth Abscess

When you think of things that can go wrong with your tooth, you probably imagine chipping it or developing a cavity. But tooth problems can get even more severe. If a bacterial infection makes its way into the inner portion of your tooth, it can cause a pocket of pus called an abscess.

Clearly, that’s not a situation you want to live with. And you certainly shouldn’t, because an abscess can put you at risk for losing your tooth. The infection could even travel to your jawbone, developing into a situation that poses a threat to your overall health.

That’s why Jeffrey Barrera, DDS, and Jane Cho, DDS, offer specialized treatment for tooth abscesses here at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. We can perform a root canal to clear the infection while saving your tooth. And with our expertise in emergency dentistry, we can step in even if the abscess has had time to fester. 

Identifying an abscess

To help you decide if it’s time to pay us a visit about a potential tooth abscess, let’s look at some of the telltale signs:

There’s also the chance your abscess can rupture. If that happens, you’ll probably feel some immediate pain relief and taste something bad (the pus) in your mouth.

Ultimately, if you have a toothache, it’s not worth waiting it out. If an abscess is to blame, it won’t heal on its own. Instead, the infection can worsen and spread, and your pain will likely get more severe over time.

Treating an abscess

The right treatment for your abscess depends on how far it has progressed. If the infection is still relatively minor and contained to one specific area, Dr. Cho or Dr. Barrera may treat it by opening it up and allowing it to drain.

In many cases, though, you’ll need a root canal in order to save the tooth. This isn’t the complicated, painful process you might be imagining. Our team has extensive experience performing root canals and can make yours as comfortable and convenient as possible. 

We may also recommend you take some steps at home, like warm saltwater rinses or cold compresses, to help the affected area heal. 

If you have a tooth abscess, the sooner you get treatment, the better your outcome will be. For dedicated care to get rid of the infection and protect your tooth, don’t wait to call our Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry team or book an appointment online today.

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