We’ve talked about abscesses over the past few days, to help others understand how they should deal with them in the event one develops.
In the case of a patient already having an abscess and willing to deal with it, there may be some anxiety regarding the procedure, so in this post we’re going to delve into a typical timeline, so you know what to expect.
In treating an abscessed tooth, your dentist would want to have these 3 goals in mind:
- remove the infection
- preserve the tooth
- prevent other complications that may result from the treatment
In order to remove the infection, the abscess needs to be drained through a root canal procedure. A root canal is also necessary to remove any diseased root tissue that may be present.
Another way for the dentist to drain the abscess would be to create an incision into the swollen tissue. In some cases, the abscessed tooth may need to be extracted, so drainage can be achieved through the socket.
Finally, the dentist would typically prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers to prevent infection, and to keep the pain away during the healing stage that takes place after the procedure.
Hopefully this puts your mind at ease. If you have an abscessed tooth, you must deal with it right away. Visit your dentist and think about how good it will feel to be rid it it.