Hopefully, you have never experienced the pain of an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is usually the result of tooth decay and is an infection between the root of the tooth and the gums. Tooth abscess can also be caused by trauma to the tooth, gum disease, or gingivitis. An abscess will give you warning signs like tooth ache, bad taste in mouth, bad breath, a sore on the gums, or red and swollen gums, etc. The pain and discomfort makes it hard to do everyday activities like talking or eating and. Below we will talk about finding relief for an abscessed tooth.
The treatment for an abscessed tooth is to eliminate the infection and preserve the tooth. We will most likely prescribe antibiotics to help kill and keep the infection from spreading and the abscess might need to be drained. Some at home remedies include raw garlic as it’s a natural bacteria killer. An herbal tea bag placed on infected area can help to relieve pain and swelling. Clove or peppermint oils on the unwanted guest will help kill bacteria or numb the pain. Warm salt-water rinses or taking Ibuprofen can help alleviate pain also. Don’t put off any remedies or coming in to see us because the longer you wait the worse the abscess can get and the farther the infection can spread.
Following good oral hygiene daily can help prevent tooth abscess along with many other issues. If you chip a tooth or have some trauma, contact us right away so we can prevent an abscess or an issue from resulting. We will do our best to accommodate our schedule to get you in as soon as possible, because we know the pain of having an abscess can make minutes feel like hours. Don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will help you get on your way with a happy smile today!