What is a dental abscess?
An abscessed tooth is a tooth that has little pockets of infection located in the tissues around it. As a consequence, pus is created by those little pockets trying to fight the infection and if it cannot drain, it usually leads to an abscess causing red, swollen gums along with a great deal of pain.
If you have a tooth abscess, dental care is required
Unfortunately, abscesses cannot resolve by themselves or be treated with natural products. An abscess located in a tooth or the gums is a serious dental emergency, which must be addressed and treated very quickly by a dental specialist. The doctor will first perform local anesthesia of the infected area, before draining the pus from the pulp of the tooth or the gum. The pulp will then get replaced with a paste to prevent the spread of the infection. On the other hand, if the dental emergency is too extensive tooth extraction might have to be considered.
What are the complications of a dental abscess?
A dental emergency such as an abscess can have serious health consequences:
- The destruction of the affected tooth: it will then have to be extracted by a dentist.
- The spread of the infection to the sinuses and respiratory tract: bacteria contained in the pus generated by the dental abscess can spread to the sinuses, cheekbones, but also to the bronchi, thus creating a respiratory infection.
- The spread of the infection to the heart: an untreated dental abscess can lead to bacterial endocarditis. Again, bacteria move through the blood vessels to the heart valves.
- The spread of the infection to the brain: very rare but can be excessively dangerous.
How to relieve the pain of a dental abscess?
It is not always possible to have a dentist take care of your problem quickly. Unless you take advantage of Monk dental emergency services, pain relief while waiting for your appointment will be necessary. Here are some simple and natural methods to consider if you want to control your pain:
The use of clove essential oil: cloves are an excellent anesthetic, used in some dental treatments, to relieve pain. A few drops of it should be applied with a finger to the tooth concerned. Results obviously vary between patients but the effects are very rapid and can be long-lasting. As soon as they disperse, do not hesitate to repeat this treatment.
- Homeopathic solutions: Pyrogenium 7CH, Calendula 5 CH and Hepar Sulfur 15 CH are generally recommended by pharmacists to relieve a dental emergency. Do not hesitate to ask for advice!
- Applying cold to the painful area: if the cold is also a good anesthetic, it can also aggravate the pain. Before applying ice to the side of your face, remember to wrap it in a cloth to avoid direct contact with the skin.
- Baking soda in mouthwash: helps in limiting swelling and containing pain (pour a teaspoon into a glass of water)
- An appropriate toothbrush: use a soft brush and gentle brushing to avoid increasing the pain.
When to see a dentist
See your Centre Dentaire Monk dentist as soon as you can if you have any signs or symptoms of a tooth abscess. If you have a fever, trouble breathing and swelling in your face and if you can’t reach your dentist, do not wait and go directly to the emergency room. These symptoms may indicate that the infection has spread and that you might require more advanced treatments.