What to do if you have an abscess

What to do if you have an abscess

Scottsdale, AZ, area patients who are faced with conditions such as dental abscesses will want to know how to spot one and what to do in this situation. In many instances, a dental abscess requires an emergency dental visit to address as soon as possible, as this infection can cause significant and serious medical problems.

What is a dental abscess?

Dr. Eric Wiitala describes a dental abscess as a pus-filled sac that forms at the end of a tooth’s root. An abscess can also form in the gums. An abscess is caused by a bacterial infection. The infection can be the result of dental decay, periodontal disease, or an injury to the tooth.

How do I know if I have an abscess?

The noticeable symptoms of a dental abscess include:

  • Severe pain in the affected tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Swelling of the gums near the affected tooth
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes

If you think you have a dental abscess, it is critical that you see a dentist right away. If left without effective treatment, the infection in the abscess can spread to other parts of your body and cause a continued infection that may require oral antibiotics to control.

How are abscesses treated by our team?

The first step in treating dental abscesses is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Wiitala of Scottsdale, AZ, for an initial evaluation. If it has been determined that an abscess has developed, treatment may be recommended. Treatment may include draining the abscess, prescribing antibiotics, or performing root canal therapy to remove the infection if it has developed into the tooth. The type of treatment performed will vary depending on the severity of the abscess and the patient’s current condition.

Schedule a visit with our team today if you suspect you have an abscess

Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team in Scottsdale, AZ, believe in providing the best possible care for patients in and around the community. If you are interested in learning more about abscesses and other potential dental emergencies, we encourage you to request a consultation visit with us today by calling 480-657-6981.