Tooth abscesses are a build-up of pus within a tooth due a bacterial infection. They can cause serious damage to the surrounding teeth and gums so it is important to seek help from your London W1 dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to recognise a tooth abscess very easily and suggest appropriate treatments.
Often root canal treatment is the most effective way of removing an abscessed tooth. Under local anaesthetic the abscess is cut or drilled out by the dentist and the pus is drained to remove the bacterial infection. A root filling or crown will be put into its place to protect the exposed tooth from future damage. More serious instances may require the removal of the entire tooth. This becomes necessary when the infection has spread deep within the root. In some instances, in order to save the tooth it may be possible for a surgeon to drain the infection through a small incision in gum tissue. Painkillers and anti-inflammatories may be offered to help with the initial recovery period. Gargling salt water will also help keep treated area clean. Antibiotics will generally be administered after treatment to make sure the infection does not recur.
If you have an abscessed tooth it is a lot easier for your dentist to treat you at the early stages so it is imperative to visit your local dentist if you believe you may be developing an abscess. Early treatment will also greatly lessen any chance of the bacterial infection spreading and causing damage throughout your mouth.