Dental Abscess- Diagnosis and Treatment

Dental Abscess- Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted by SMILES AHEAD FAMILY DENTISTRY on Apr 13 2022, 03:19 AM

Dental Abscess- Diagnosis and Treatment

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection. A periapical tooth abscess occurs due to an untreated dental cavity or prior dental work at the tip of the root. A periodontal abscess is formed at the side of the tooth root. 

Tooth abscesses should be treated immediately as they can lead to serious and life-threatening complications. The dentist treats it by draining the abscess and getting rid of the infection. The tooth in some situations is saved through root canal treatment. In some other cases, the tooth needs to be pulled out. 

Severe and persistent toothache that radiates to the jawbone, neck, and ear is one of the major symptoms of tooth abscess. People may also experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and sensitivity to pressure of chewing. Some of them have swelling in their face or cheek while some others experience difficulty in breathing and swallowing. 

How Is Tooth Abscess Diagnosed?

The dentist first examines the tooth and surrounding area. An abscessed tooth is normally delicate to touch or pressure. The dentist takes an X-ray of the aching tooth. It is also taken to determine whether the infection has spread to other areas causing abscesses. 

The dentist recommends a CT scan if the infection has spread to other areas within the neck. It is also done to determine the extent of the infection. 


The dentist treats an abscessed tooth to get rid of the infection. The dentist drains out the pus by making a small cut into the abscess. The area is then washed with salt water. 

The dentist performs a root canal to save the tooth from infection. The dentist removes the diseased central tissue by drilling down the tooth. They drain the abscess and then fill and seal the tooth's pulp chamber and root canals. The tooth is made stronger by capping it with a crown. It is done especially if the abscess is in the back tooth. 

If the tooth cannot be saved, the dentist needs to extract the tooth and drain the abscess to get rid of the infection. Antibiotics are not needed if the infection is limited to the abscessed area. The dentist only prescribes antibiotics if the infection has spread to nearby teeth, jaws, or other areas. 

Schedule an appointment with Smiles Ahead Family Dentistry if you notice any signs of tooth abscess. We are located at 2456 Home Acre Dr, Columbus, OH 43231. Contact us at (614) 818-9420 or visit our website to book an appointment. 

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