Periodontal Abscess Treatment

close up of irritated gums by Chandler periodontist at Implant and Periodontal ArtsA dental abscess is not just a painful, pus-filled lesion on your gums. It is a major infection that starts deep inside your tooth and, if left untreated, can quickly become life-threatening. Getting prompt treatment for a dental abscess is vital for a good prognosis. If you have an abscess in your mouth, we strongly advise that you reach out to us here at Implants & Periodontal Arts for proper treatment and a good outcome.

Why Do I Need to Worry About Dental Abscesses?

When gum disease — also known as periodontal disease — is allowed to progress untreated, it can develop into a major infection inside the tooth. As gum disease gets worse, a pocket may form between the tooth and the gumline. The worse the periodontal disease, the deeper the pocket may be. This pocket, a suculus, is extremely vulnerable to bacterial infection. Once the infection moves into the pocket, it can rapidly spread to the soft inner portion of your tooth, a network of nerves and blood vessels known as the pulp.

Periodontal disease occurs in the presence of poor dental hygiene. If you have ever experienced a sticky, filmy residue built up upon your teeth, then you have encountered plaque. Plaque is made up of millions of germs, and these germs give off toxins that can wear away at your enamel and make your gums swell and become inflamed. Without regular brushing and flossing, an infection may occur. If your immune system is unable to fight off the infection, that is when an abscess can form. Your gums and connective tissue may weaken, and that is when the pus pocket (the abscess) forms.

A dental abscess can be quite painful. While they are more common in adults over the age of 40, children are also occasionally susceptible to them. An abscess can vary in sizes, ranging from as small as a few millimeters across to up to 10 centimeters wide. They are smooth to the touch and are more common in people with immune disorders and diabetes. Early symptoms of an abscess include the appearance of a pimple in the mouth; painful, red, and swollen gums; a toothache or sensitivity to heat or cold; a foul taste in your mouth or bad breath; a fever; and swollen lymph nodes.

If you have an abscess, you must act quickly. If left untreated, they can lead to permanent damage to your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Because the mouth is so close to the brain, the infection can spread and cause lasting brain damage. It can also become septic and fatal. To treat it, we may start by lancing and draining the pocket of pus. We may also prescribe antibiotics to treat the underlying infection.

We may also clean the site with scaling and root planing to remove all of the buildup and calculus at the site. If you are in pain, we may also prescribe medication for it or advise over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Sometimes the tooth will require removal, or a root canal may be performed to save the tooth. Future treatment may include bone surgery to prevent recurrence.

If you have a dental abscess, it is urgent that you give us a call immediately at Implants & Periodontal Arts at 480-963-2787 for prompt treatment. We can treat not only treat the existing infection, but also prevent it from coming back, saving you from future suffering from this painful and dangerous condition.


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Implants & Periodontal Arts / Endo Arts
Chandan Walia D.D.S.

3800 W Ray Road, Ste B6  Chandler, AZ 85226

480-963-2787 (ARTS)

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