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What do I do if I have an abscess?

It is very important to see a dentist when you notice you may have an abscess. An abscessed tooth is a very painful infection.

Tooth next to first aid kit

Abscessed teeth are commonly caused by:

  • severe tooth decay.
  • trauma to the tooth
  • gingivitis or gum disease. 

Abscessed Tooth Treatment

Abscesses are usually located at the root of a tooth or in between the gum of teeth. Often times it will look like a bubble or swelling on the gums usually filled with pus (a thick yellowish fluid). In most cases, you will need a root canal or extraction right away to relieve the pain of the tooth in question. However, sometimes it is necessary to complete a course of antibiotics to clear the infection prior to starting treatment. 

Contact Our Barrie ON Dental Clinic

If you can't get to a dentist right away, going to the hospital or walk-in clinic for a prescription for antibiotics is always ideal! As the antibiotic fights off the infection, the pain will start to go away. However, it is recommended that you see a dentist as soon as you are completed with your prescription, as antibiotics will only clear the infection temporarily. Your abscess will return unless the tooth gets the treatment it needs. Call our Barrie, ON dental office today!