How do you treat periodontal abscess?
- Open up (incise) and drain the abscess. The dentist will make a small cut into the abscess, allowing the pus to drain out, and then wash the area with salt water (saline).
- Perform a root canal. This can help eliminate the infection and save your tooth.
- Pull the affected tooth.
- Prescribe antibiotics.
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Similarly one may ask, will a periodontal abscess go away?
A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment. If the abscess ruptures, the pain may decrease significantly — but you still need dental treatment. If the abscess doesn't drain, the infection may spread to your jaw and to other areas of your head and neck.
Furthermore, what does a periodontal abscess look like? A periodontal abscess is a pocket of pus in the tissues of the gum. It looks like a small red ball pushing out of the swollen gum. If the pus can't drain, it forms an abscess. An abscess can cause a fever and a throbbing pain in nearby teeth.
Keeping this in consideration, how long does it take for a periodontal abscess to heal?
It can take a few weeks for the tenderness and swelling to subside, so it is a good idea to keep taking approved painkillers. If you need stronger medication, because the pain is too intense, talk to your dentist. The average extraction takes around three to four weeks to fully heal.
Can you pop a periodontal abscess?
The pus can usually be drained and the tooth can be saved if it is not badly broken down. If left untreated, the abscess may burst on to the skin of the face or into the mouth.