Dental Abscess

What is a Dental Abscess?

Dental abscesses are a terrible and even fatal dental condition. Depending on how the infection spreads, your body may be affected in other parts.
A dental abscess is a collection of pus created by a bacterial infection in the mouth. Treatment is essential as it is excruciatingly painful and will not go away without it. Having an abscess ruptured may ease the pain considerably. You should, however, seek dental attention. If the abscess is not drained, you may develop an infection in your jaw as well as other areas of your head and neck. As soon as possible, you should seek treatment for an abscessed tooth. A severe infection may develop if you do not seek treatment. In the worst-case scenario, you might even get sepsis, a potentially deadly infection that spreads throughout the body.
If you believe you have an abscess, call the Smiles in Currambine team. One of our skilled dentists will examine you and identify the best course of action for treating your infected teeth so that they recover correctly and do not give you any long-term harm.

The Incredible Benefits of Treating Dental Abscess

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Why Choose Smiles in Currambine for Dental Abscess Treatment in Iluka, Western Australia

At Smiles in Currambine, we understand how painful a dental abscess can be. That is why we are here to assist you. Our emergency dentists are here to help you get the assistance you need. Our emergency services have become simplified so that we can efficiently manage every emergency dental condition as quickly as possible for immediate relief by blending dentistry with a team of highly qualified professional dentists.
There’s no need to wait for long intervals or waste time on pointless visits since your abscessed tooth is not concerned with your schedule. The goal of Smiles in Currambine is to provide you with the prompt and effective dental care you need to restore your oral health.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do you have any inquiries about our dental services? We’re here to assist you! Check out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, or read on for more details.

An abscess in the mouth occurs due to bacteria accumulating in the gums or teeth. Bacteria can infect your teeth and gums in several ways, including the following:

Periapical Abscess: An infection develops at the root of the tooth in a periapical abscess. Bacteria can enter the pulp of your teeth through cavities, cracks, or chips. The soft, inner part of your tooth contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels in the pulp. Bacteria can move from the pulp to the roots, resulting in an abscess.

Periodontal Abscess: Patients with periodontal disease are more likely to develop a periodontal abscess. Gum disease is the most common cause of a periodontal abscess. Injuries are sometimes to blame as well. Periodontal abscesses are pus-filled pockets in the gum tissue that form over time. An abscess is characterized by a smooth, glossy, pimple-like swelling that protrudes from the gums and is sensitive to touch. The tooth or teeth adjacent to an abscess may be uncomfortable or loose.

Gingival Abscess: A bacterial infection is what causes a gum abscess. A painful and rapidly expanding lesion between a patient’s gums and teeth defines the condition. Gingival abscesses are commonly caused by foreign items such as popcorn hulls, toothpick splinters, or toothbrush bristles.

The following are some of the signs and symptoms of a dental abscess:

  • Severe pain when biting or chewing
  • A throbbing pain that won’t go away
  • Discolouration of teeth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages has increased
  • A swollen face
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums with pimple-like bumps
  • Bad breath and a foul taste in the mouth as a result of the pus
  • A toothache that spreads to the ear, jaw, or neck

If you have a tooth abscess, you need to see your dentist for treatment. However, the following home remedies will provide relief for the pain caused by the infection:

  1.   Saltwater Rinse: An abscessed tooth can be temporarily relieved by rinsing with salt water. Combine half a teaspoon of salt and half a cup of warm water in a small mixing bowl. Spit it out after swirling it around in your mouth for at least two minutes. It is suggested that you repeat this process up to three times per day.
  2.   Cold Compress: Apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce discomfort and swelling. Wrap ice cubes in a dry cloth and apply them to the affected area as a compress. For 15 minutes at a time, apply the compress. As needed, repeat the process.
  3.   Garlic: Garlic is a natural treatment with a long history of therapeutic uses, including pain relief and bacteria elimination. Crush some fresh garlic cloves to make a paste. The paste should be applied to the affected area.
  4.   Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide’s antibacterial characteristics make it an efficient treatment for bacterial infections. It can also help with plaque accumulation and bleeding gums. In a mixing bowl, combine 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and water. Spit out the solution after gargling with it. No part of the solution should be swallowed.
  5.  Baking Soda: Baking soda is antimicrobial and aids in the removal of plaque from the mouth. In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 tablespoon baking soda, 1/2 cup water, and a pinch of salt. For five minutes, swish it around in your mouth. Spit it out and repeat until all of the mixtures have been utilized. Do this as many times as you like during the day.
  6.   Pain Relievers Sold Over-The-Counter: Inflammation and pain can be managed with over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Abscesses are treated differently depending on the type and severity of the infection:

Drainage of Abscesses:The way an abscess is drained is determined by the type of abscess. Gently pressing on the abscess may assist with the release of pus. Your dentist will use a tiny probe to scrape out any leftover material once the contaminated fluid has been drained. Alternatively, your dentist may drain the pus from the abscess by creating a small incision. A saline solution will next be used to clear the abscess cavity.

Root Canal Therapy: Root canal treatment is widely used to treat periapical abscesses. The root canal therapy procedure involves drilling into a tooth to remove the infected pulp and drain an abscess. The root canal and pulp chamber are filled and sealed after the abscess is drained. A crown may be recommended if necessary.

Extraction of teeth: If the abscessed tooth cannot be saved, it may be necessary to extract it. A local anesthetic may be used during extraction. Your dentist will place sterile gauze in the socket after the infected tooth has been pulled. Stitches may be required.

Foreign Object Removal: If an abscess develops, your dentist may remove foreign things from your gums. It could be a popcorn kernel, a splinter from a toothpick, or a toothbrush bristle. The damaged area will next be sprayed with a saline solution.

If a dentist does not treat an abscessed tooth, a severe infection can spread to other parts of your body. It can result in tooth loss and more severe problems such as bone infections, sinus infections, brain abscesses, and sepsis.
If you suspect you have an infection or are concerned that you may have one, don’t ignore it or put off treatment. Since the infection might spread and cause significant consequences and more damage, you should see your dentist immediately. Do not try to remove an abscess on your own.

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Our dentists in Currambine make every effort to accommodate the scheduling needs of your family. From offering evening hours to weekend appointment times, we are sure to have something that works for your busy routine.

If you are in pain or have any other dental emergency, please call us right away so we can try to book you in as soon as possible.

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority!

We would like to take some time to let you know that we always follow strict universal infection control standards, and patient safety and the safety of our team is our priority.

The risk of exposure to the virus in our dental surgery is extremely low. We are an accredited dental practice and maintain the highest quality of care and standards at all times irrespective of any outbreaks such as Coronavirus.

We sterilise our instruments and disinfect all clinical and reception areas after each patient to prevent any risk of cross-contamination. Our staff are fully trained and certified to do this to the highest standards.

What Specifically Are We Doing at Our Practice to Protect Patients?

Our strict protocol includes our receptionists establishing in advance if patients:

  • Have any symptoms including fever/history of fever and shortness of breath or a cough or a sore throat.
  • They have travelled overseas or interstate in the last 2 weeks.
  • Been in close contact with anyone who has had confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) or who has been in a health facility treating them.
  • Visited any exposure sites or high risk area as per Healthy WA

We would like to ask patients who have travelled to high-risk zones and exposure sites within the last 2 weeks to postpone non-urgent general dental treatment, if in doubt please call us on 9305 4888.

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