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Dental Abscess

What is a Dental Abscess?

A Dental Abscess is a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur at different regions of the tooth for many reasons. A periapical abscess occurs at the tip of the root while a periodontal abscess occurs in the gums next to a tooth root instead. The specialist at our Surgery in Mosman will treat the tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. He may be able to save your tooth with a root canal treatment, but many times the tooth may need to be extracted. Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious complications.

Treatment for a periapical abscess

The treatment for this type of abscess is normally root canal treatment. This procedure aims to save and restore the damaged or dead inner part of the pulp. The dentist at Aussie Smile Dentistry will drill into the dead tooth and let pus escape through the tooth, to finally
 remove the dead pulpal tis
sue. After that, a root filling is placed into the tooth to fill the space and prevent a future infection. Even if pain goes away with an initial emergency drainage of the pus
, you are still a candidate to need root canal treatment. This is because the infection and abscess will almost certainly return unless the dead pulp tissue is dealt with. If the infection persists after root canal treatment, the dentist may have to pull the tooth.

Treatment for a periodontal abscess

When the pus is drained, the dentist at Aussie Smile Dentist will clean the pocket where the abscess had formed. Then he may smooth out the root surfaces of the tooth to encourage the gum to close back on to the tooth and for any pocket to disappear. This helps to prevent a further infection. If you develop repeated periodontal abscesses you may need to carry out a procedure to reshape the gum tissue.
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