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.
Symptoms of Dental Abscess
Symptoms of a dental abscess include:
- severe toothache
- red, swollen gums and/or face
- bad taste or smell in your mouth
- 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
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.