Welcome back to this presentation highlighting what you should do if you face a dental emergency. We’ve already gone over what to do if you happen to lose, chip, or crack a tooth. Today you will learn about dental abscess. You will understand what dental abscess is, and what you should do if you are experiencing dental abscess. The following guidelines from our Bellingham dental office will help you decide what steps to take if you are experiencing the pains involved with dental abscess.
What is a dental abscess?
An infection between the tooth and the gums, or an infection of the nerve in the tooth is defined as dental abscess. Abscesses may prevent patients from speaking, eating or brushing as usual, and in many cases are extremely painful. Dental abscesses may be a warning to a serious oral infection
Abscesses are usually visible as a pimple on the gum line, and in many cases are quite painful. To be a diligent patient, be on the lookout for any sudden oral pain, and small bumps along the gum line.
What should I do if I notice a dental abscess?
If you believe that you may be suffering from dental abscess, visit your dentist to seek treatment immediately. In order to maintain optimum oral health, patients must get a dental abscess treated right away because the infection may spread to other parts of the body.
Your doctor has the tools and experience necessary to help get rid of the infection and manage oral pain. To aid in reducing pain, patients may rinse the mouth with warm salt water several times per day.
The main thing patients should do if they notice a dental abscess is to seek dental treatment immediately. If left untreated, dental abscesses may become even more painful and spread to other oral tissues, and possibly throughout the body. Give our Bellingham dentist a call to schedule an appointment. Don’t wait to get the dental care you need!
What to Do if You Notice a Dental Abscess