- Open up (incise) and drain the abscess. The dentist will make a small cut into the abscess, allowing the pus to drain out, and then wash the area with salt water (saline).
- Perform a root canal. This can help eliminate the infection and save your tooth.
- Pull the affected tooth.
- Prescribe antibiotics.
1 Mar 2019
How do you get rid of a tooth abscess?
How is it treated?
- Draining the abscess. Your dentist will make a small cut in the abscess to drain the pus.
- A root canal procedure. A root canal involves drilling into the affected tooth to drain the abscess and remove any infected pulp.
- Tooth extraction.
- Removal of foreign object.
25 May 2018
Should I go to the emergency room for a tooth abscess?
When you SHOULD visit the emergency room
If you have an untreated infection for several weeks, you may want to consider a visit to the emergency room or an urgent care medical center. Although it is extremely rare, an untreated infection can become life threatening.
What does a gum abscess look like?
The raised swelling looks like a pimple near the affected tooth. An open pimple is called a “draining fistula” and has ruptured to release pus. Other signs of a tooth abscess are a bad taste or bad odor in the mouth. Swelling of the face, jaw, or surrounding lymph nodes often signals a growing infection.
Will a tooth abscess go away with antibiotics?
Treatment of dental abscesses is usually carried out by dentists, and often involves taking an antibiotic and root canal treatment. In rare cases, however, the infection can spread, and the condition may become very severe and possibly life-threatening in extremely rare cases.