Dental Abscess

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Dental Abscess Treatment Wodonga

A dental abscess develops when there is an infection around a tooth and pus builds up.

If you think you might have a dental abscess, you should see your Wodonga dentist promptly for treatment.

A dental abscess can lead to a serious infection in the jawbone, teeth and surrounding tissues if left untreated.

Causes of Dental Abscess

A dental abscess may be caused by severe tooth decay and a dental injury such as a chipped or broken tooth where an opening in the tooth’s hard outer layer (enamel) can let bacteria into the tooth, causing infection.

Another cause of a dental abscess is severe gum disease around a tooth.

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Symptoms of Dental Abscess

Symptoms of a dental abscess include:

  • severe toothache
  • pus
  • red, swollen gums and/or face
  • bad taste or smell in your mouth
  • fever
  • sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • swollen glands in the neck
  • swollen upper or lower jaw
  • difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth
  • nausea, vomiting

Treatment for Dental Abscess

Treatment for dental abscess focuses on clearing up the infection and relieving pain. Depending on your symptoms, your Wodonga dentist might start with undergoing a dental X-ray. This will help see whether the infection has spread to other areas of your mouth (or head).

Depending on the type and extent of your dental abscess, treatment options include:

Root canal treatment – removing the abscess from the root of an affected tooth before filling and sealing it.

Removing the affected tooth (extraction) – this may be needed if root canal treatment is not possible.

Incision and drainage – where a small incision is made in the gum to drain the abscess.

If you can’t get in to see your dentist right away, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help with the pain. Rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater may also help.

Request a Consultation with Your Wodonga Dentist Today!

If you have a dental abscess, you can request an appointment with our Wodonga office today.

A dental abscess will not clear up on its own, and treatment may make it possible for your dentist to save your tooth.

Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Wodonga

For dental abscesses in the Wodonga area, call us on (02) 6024 1516 or request your appointment online.

We are located at 340 Beechworth Road in Wodonga.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Dental Abscess Treatment Wodonga

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Can a dental abscess go away on its own?

Dental abscesses don’t go away on their own. If a dentist does not drained the abscess, it can spread to other areas of your body, including the jaw, head, or neck.

When should I see a dentist?

If you are suffering from a dental abscess or toothache, see your dentist as soon as possible. If left untreated, this might worsen and lead to life-threatening problems if the infection spreads to other parts of the body.

How do I prevent a dental abscess?

Brushing and flossing your teeth and visiting your Wodonga dentist regularly is the best way to prevent a tooth infection or abscess.