When a tooth undergoes severe decay, or it gets chipped, or broken, bacteria can get in the openings and cause infection. This can also happened with gingivitis or gum disease sets in as well. When this infection travels to the root of the tooth, or between the gun and the tooth, a dental abscess takes place. The most common way to treat this problem is through an incision & drainage procedure.
If left untreated, a dental abscess can grow more painful, and the infection can spread to other parts of your body. Your jaw, neck and head may experience swelling. You probably will develop a fever as your body fights the infection, You may develop an open and draining sore on the side of your gum. And you may also experience a bitter taste in your mouth and a foul smell on your breath. Even after the pulp in tooth dies because of the infection and the tooth pain subsides, the infection can still remain active, continuing to spread and destroy other tissue.
At Boston Endodontics, we understand the serious issues that a tooth and gum infection can create. After diagnosis, we undertake an aggressive strategy to eliminate the infection and preserve the tooth and gums. In most cases, this involves an I & D treatment. Also known as an Incision & Drainage treatment, we treat it by giving patients a combination of antibiotics to treat the infection as well as making an incision and in some cases, inserting a small drain to siphon off the infection and puss in the infected area. After the site is drained, we irrigate it with a sterile saline solution and continue monitoring the area during the healing process.
Managing the immediate area in your mouth after an I & D procedure has taken place is critical to restoring your mouth to full health as quickly as possible. Some of the most important steps you should take will include:
Dental abscesses are painful and can have an impact on many parts of your body. Treating an abscess through an Incision & Drainage procedure is critical to restoring your mouth, teeth and gums to full dental health.
Boston Endodontics serves patients in Boston, Lynnfield and other nearby Massachusetts communities. To discuss your specific dental needs, contact our Boston office at 617-742-3525 or our Lynnfield office at 781-245-8828.