Pull the affected tooth.
If the affected tooth can’t be saved, your dentist will pull (extract) the tooth and drain the abscess to get rid of the infection.
Can a tooth be pulled if its infected?
Although having a tooth pulled is usually very safe, the procedure can allow harmful bacteria into the bloodstream. Gum tissue is also at risk of infection. If you have a condition that puts you at high risk for developing a severe infection, you may need to take antibiotics before and after the extraction.
Will an oral surgeon pull an infected tooth?
If a tooth needs to be extracted because it is infected and unsalvageable with endodontic treatment, patients should schedule their procedure with an oral surgeon as soon as they can. A severely diseased tooth can produce significant pain and can infect the surrounding gum tissue.
How quickly do antibiotics work for tooth infection?
If you have a tooth infection that requires antibiotics, you’ll need to take them for about one week . Depending on the type of antibiotic, you’ll need to take a dose two to four times a day. You should receive instructions from your pharmacy detailing exactly how to take the antibiotic.
How long does a tooth infection last?
Although a person may begin to notice their symptoms go away after a couple of doses, completing the full round of antibiotics helps prevent the infection from coming back or getting stronger. As the International Dental Journal study notes, the majority of acute infections resolve in 3–7 days.