Acute oral infections take three to seven days to clear up, but you may take antibiotics for longer. You may have a deep cleaning done to open the tooth and remove the infected contents. If necessary, the doctor will make an incision or drainage point in the soft tissue to relieve pressure and remove pus. The wound created by the abscess may take 1 to 2 weeks to fully heal.
This depends on the size of the abscess and how well the body responds to the incision and drainage procedure. For the two weeks after the procedure, we expect the tissue at the margins of the wound to heal toward the center, sealing the wound little by little. An endodontic procedure helps eliminate the infection. The dentist drills the affected tooth and removes the infected pulp.
If an abscess has spread to the floor of the mouth or neck, it may need to be drained in the operating room under anesthesia. In addition, if an abscess remains unhealed or gets larger after receiving conventional endodontic treatment, surgery will most likely be required. Abscesses can develop relatively quickly, as little as one to two days after the first signs of infection. They can progress undetected and, therefore, without treatment, and develop over months or even years.
Because early detection is key, we recommend that you visit a dentist regularly for dental exams and checkups and to contact us at the first sign of any infection or problem. Keep in mind that a tooth abscess occurs gradually and that a number of dental problems and clear stages need to occur. Even if the abscess spreads, breaks, or drains and the pain stops, you still need professional dental treatment. As with most dental problems, the sooner you can contact your Edmonton dentist to have a dental abscess treated, the better the results will be for your smile and your long-term health.
A tooth abscess, also known as a dental abscess or oral abscess, is a painful infection that can occur in a tooth, jaw, or gums that surround a tooth. If the tooth abscess has reached the inner pulp chamber, root canal therapy is necessary to eliminate bacteria from the tooth's pulp chamber. Unfortunately, together with its natural defense properties, a dental abscess represents an additional risk to the teeth and gums and can erode the periodontium (the dental structure formed by the gum (gum), the periodontal ligament (PDL) or the hard and compact alveolar bone, and cause irreparable damage. While abscesses can develop in several places in the body, a gum or tooth abscess is one of the most common forms.
The main reason for the appearance of dental abscesses is the penetration or filtration of bacteria from the hard enamel to the sensitive pulp.