One of the most common dental conditions which we would inevitably have to face at least once in our lifetime is dental abscess. This type of infection is found near the mouth, jaw, throat and other parts of the face. Dental abscesses are common in individuals who have poor dental health and do not practice proper oral hygiene.
Most abscesses start out as infection or a cavity. The bacteria which thrive in a dental cavity could make their way to the gums with extensive decay and can even make way to the throat, cheek, and tongue. In some instances, these dental abscesses may even infect a person’s facial bones causing extensive damage. This migration of bacteria could lead to the infection of these surrounding tissues and cause the development of an abscess. This painful inflammation could lead to pus formation which may require surgery in order for the pus to be drained out if the abscess does not rupture on its own.
Dental abscesses may not only be uncomfortable, they can also cause a host of inflammatory reactions including fever, chills, sweats, nausea and vomiting. Few signs that you might be entertaining a dental abscess in the very near future is when you feel pain whenever your brush your teeth. In extreme instances, individuals infected with a dental abscess may even have difficulty in swallowing or opening their mouth.
The very moment that you suspect that you may have a dental abscess, call your dentist immediately to schedule an emergency appointment. If you cannot get hold of your dentist, you may also head to your local hospital’s emergency department especially if you feel feverish.
While pain associated with dental abscesses can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, instances wherein the pain is just too much to bear may necessitate your dentist to drain the abscess in order for the pus to leak out and reduce the pressure being placed on the sore. It’s not unusual for your dentist to order an x-ray since abscesses could develop at deep parts of the tooth.
If you feel that the abscess has ruptured on its own, then try rinsing the area with warm water since this will facilitate the drainage of pus while maintaining the cleanliness of the region. Whenever an abscess ruptures, it creates an opening for bacteria to enter and cause more damage so keeping the are clean should always be a top priority.
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