Tooth Abscess Treatment is Easy and Comfortable with Dr. Hauser!
An abscessed tooth can be treated with a quick and simple root canal procedure at Lakefront Family Dentistry, if that’s what Dr. Hauser recommends. Each case and treatment options are different. Sometimes, antibiotics will treat an abscess.
A root canal requires professional treatment that removes diseased tissue and infected nerves from the inside of the tooth. Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DD., has an outstanding reputation throughout Riverside County as being a family dentist and performing astonishing smile transformations to his wonderful patients for 20 years.
During your visit, Dr. Hauser will personally assess any and all of your symptoms. He will then determine the proper path of treatment for your condition. Contact Jodi or Carla at (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Today!
What is an Abscessed Tooth?
An abscessed tooth is a painful infection found between the gum and tooth or at the root of a tooth. Although generally caused by tooth decay, an abscessed tooth can be triggered by tooth trauma (i.e., when a tooth has been chipped or broken). Gum disease or gingivitis can also contribute to this infection.
These issues can cause bacteria to enter into the openings that were made in the tooth’s enamel, causing an infection at the core of the tooth. The infection can get so severe that it may spread from the root of the tooth to the supporting bone of the tooth.
Symptoms of an abscessed tooth may begin as a simple, intermittent toothache that becomes constant, resulting in throbbing or gnawing pain.
Other symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:
- Painful chewing
- Sensitivity of teeth to temperature
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Enlarged neck glands
- Overall uneasiness, discomfort or an ill feeling
- Swelling or redness of the gums
- Swollen area of the lower or upper jaw
The toothache may cease if the root of the tooth dies from infection. However, this does not mean that the infection is gone or has healed itself. The infection will remain active and continue to destroy tissue and spread throughout your mouth.
So, if you experience any of the symptoms listed, it is important to see a dentist right away, even if your pain subsides.
Diagnosing an Abscessed Tooth
At your dentist appointment, Dr. Hauser will examine your teeth and do everything in his power to ensure maximum comfort. He may recommend taking quick, digital x-rays in the comfort of an A-dec chair to identify any destruction of the bone surrounding the abscess.
The main treatment objectives for an abscessed tooth include strategies to remove the infection, preserve the tooth and avoid future problems.
The abscess needs to be drained in order to eliminate infection. A root canal procedure is the best way to do this, and it’s painless because Dr. Hauser’s technique is extremely gentle. Root canal treatments are usually recommended in order to remove diseased root tissue after infection has diminished—a CEREC crown may then be placed over the tooth.
Another approach to draining the abscess would be to create a small opening in the swollen gum tissue, which patients do not feel with anesthetic. Sometimes, in order to for the tooth socket to drain, the tooth may need to be extracted. Fortunately, Dr. Hauser offers a simple tooth extraction and dental implants, so your smile and oral health will be better than ever!
Antibiotics are prescribed to drive away any possible infection. Over-the-counter pain medication, such as Motrin or Advil can be used to relieve the pain associated by an abscessed tooth. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can also help relieve any discomfort or pain, and it helps reduce any swelling.
Prevent an Abscessed Tooth from Happening
By following good oral hygiene practices, you can reduce the risk of developing an abscessed tooth. Also, if your teeth experience trauma, such as becoming chipped or loosened, you should seek immediate dental attention. Delaying treatment could actually cause more damage to a tooth or teeth that might be saved.
Visit Lakefront Family Dentistry for Treatment Today!
Lakefront Family Dentistry is equipped with state-of-the-art, plush seating and premium décor that gives patients a calm and welcoming environment. Exam rooms are furnished with the best, top-of-the-line A-Dec furniture available to dentists today.
Dr. Hauser has traveled across the country, speaking at seminars and training dentists on advanced dental techniques. He ensures all his staff meet the latest dental education criteria for his practice as well, so everyone has the latest dental skill sets. Rest assured, at Lakefront Family Dentistry, you’re in experienced, safe hands.
Sit back and relax in Dr. Hauser’s premium grade, recliner style chairs that were voted “best in class” by leading practitioners around the country. Call (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Today.
We look forward to having you become part of our extended family!
Meet Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, at Lakefront Family Dentistry