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.
What is an abscessed tooth?
An abscessed tooth is a very painful infection. It is most commonly caused by severe tooth decay. Other causes may include, trauma to the tooth, and gingivitis or gum disease.
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.
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!