Tooth Abscess

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Following the death of the nerve of the tooth by trauma, bacteria, and chemical or mechanical irritation, the infection spreads from the root tip to the surrounding tissues. Over time, a localized pus accumulation occurs in the bone around the root tip. This condition is called a dental abscess. In time, this pus melts the bone and finds a way and turns into a pus-filled swelling on the gum. After this stage, teeth can be lost.

SYMPTOMS
A discomfort occurs in the tooth, when pressed on it, the tooth is felt to move slightly into the bone.
As the event progresses, the pain increases as the soft tissues around the root swell.
Face swelling occurs over time. The swelling may be far from the starting point, depending on the condition of the tooth and bone. At this stage, the tooth is more painful, elongated and swinging.
Finding a way through the weakest part of the existing pus tissues, it flows into or out of the mouth. For this reason, bad taste and odor occurs in the mouth. When the pus starts to flow, the pain decreases.
There may be mild fever and swollen lymph glands. There is general malaise.
TREATMENT
Before going to your dentist, you can take pain relievers to relieve pain. However, never apply aspirin, cologne and alcohol substances directly on your teeth or gums.

In the past, the only treatment option for abscessed teeth was extraction of that tooth. Although extraction of the tooth is a suitable option in some cases, abscessed teeth can be saved with various treatment methods today.

The first step in the treatment of abscess is the use of an appropriate antibiotic to eliminate the infection and prevent its spread. In addition, a suitable pain reliever can be taken to relieve the pain.

After the infection is taken under control with antibiotic treatment, the canals of the tooth are opened and the inflammation is emptied. The tooth can be left open for a while to drain the inflammation. After the swelling subsides, the inside of the canals are cleaned, disinfected and filled with a suitable temporary canal filler. The dressing is performed by changing the temporary canal filling material at regular intervals until recovery occurs. In some cases, complete recovery is provided with these dressings, sometimes the infection cannot be completely cured. In this case, a surgical operation removes the infected tissue around the root and sometimes a small part containing the root tip.

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