Abscesses occur in teeth or gums. This is usually exhibited with a throbbing pain that will eventually lead to swollen or puffy cheeks.
Typically, abscesses are a result of an infection or a cavity. The former is caused by poor dental hygiene or care.
Abscesses should not be ignored as they may cause:
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Various other symptoms
If you have an abscess, you will need to follow the appropriate treatment options to get rid of it. At-home care is truly not an option and is something that should be avoided at all costs. Remember, the cause of the infection must be dealt with.
Puss is the cause of the abscess forming. Puss will begin to fill the gums and eventually lead to swelling. Oftentimes, an abscess will need to be drained by a doctor, but they can rupture on their own.
If an abscess breaks open, it is up to you to ensure that it fully drains. This will be done by continually rinsing your mouth out with warm water to help the draining process. While the pain may subside, you will need to visit a dentist following a rupture.
Ruptures reduce the stress on the gums and the overall discomfort felt, but they do not remove the root cause of the problem – infected teeth. Even if the abscess is gone and you feel great, it may return if you do not receive proper dental treatment.
Many people will attempt to rupture their abscess on their own and not seek dental assistance. This is not recommended as it can lead to further infection or irritation; however, it may lead to some relief before seeing a dentist.
Dental Care is Needed
Since an abscess occurs because of an infection, there will always be a need to seek out the help of a dentist. Infections will linger and if the damaged tooth or poor hygiene is not corrected, the body may never get rid of the infection on its own.
When going to the dentist, they will do the following:
- Determine where the abscess has formed. Abscesses can occur in the tooth itself, but they are most commonly seen in the gums. Tooth abscesses will need to be corrected by drilling a hole in the tooth to provide drainage or by removing the entirety of the tooth.
- Proceed with the correct treatment option.
For gum abscess treatment, the dentist will likely:
- Perform any recommended dental procedures to remove or remedy teeth that are causing an infection.
- Drain the puss from the gums. This is done by cutting into the gum itself so that the puss can be drained. While this sounds painful, it is a common procedure that is done routinely.
- The area surrounding the abscess will be cleaned. This is done to ensure that any bacteria in the mouth is removed so that the healing process can begin.
- Antibiotic medications will be given to fight off the infection and ensure that it is completely eliminated.
The main concern will always be the root cause of the infection. If the infection is allowed to persist, it can spread to other areas of the body and cause severe illness and medical complications.
If a person has periodontal disease, they will have to address the problem immediately.
The medications that are provided will assist the body in fighting off the infection as well as ensure that the infection does not spread to other areas of the body.
Pain issues will also be corrected with the use of painkillers, but draining the abscess should provide near immediate relief.