- 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.
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.
Is a gum abscess an emergency?
An abscessed tooth is an infected tooth. The main symptoms are pain and swelling, which depending on the amount, can be categorized as a dental emergency. A tooth abscess is a dental emergency because delaying treatment could allow an even more serious medical problem to develop.
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.
How do I know if I have an abscess in my mouth?
Signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess include: Severe, persistent, throbbing toothache that can radiate to the jawbone, neck or ear. Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck. Sudden rush of foul-smelling and foul-tasting, salty fluid in your mouth and pain relief, if the abscess ruptures.