The doctor may decide to cut open the abscess and allow the pus to drain.
It can also be drained through the infected tooth at the start of a root canal procedure.
Unless the abscess ruptures on its own, these are usually the only ways that the infection can be cured.
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.
How long does it take for an abscess to drain on its own?
This usually depends on the size and severity of the abscess. After the first 2 days, drainage from the abscess should be minimal to none. All sores should heal in 10-14 days.
How do you drain a tooth abscess at home?
- 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.
Can an abscess go away without draining?
A small skin abscess may drain naturally, or simply shrink, dry up and disappear without any treatment. However, larger abscesses may need to be treated with antibiotics to clear the infection, and the pus may need to be drained.