An Abscessed Tooth May Need Total Extraction

Posted on: January 2, 2019

Tooth Extraction Westford, MA

Looking for information on abscessed teeth? A total extraction may or may not be necessary when someone has an abscessed tooth. When someone has an abscess in one or more of their teeth, it means that there is an infection present. There is a pocket of pus located in or around the tooth area, which can take only a short amount of time to develop. Since an abscessed tooth is an infected tooth, if you currently think one or more of your teeth are abscessed, then making an appointment with a dental professional as soon as possible is highly recommended.

What can cause an abscessed tooth?

An abscessed tooth is caused when bacteria enter the pulp of a tooth. In order for someone to reduce their chances of being diagnosed with a tooth abscess that may eventually prompt total extraction, they need to perform proper oral care, which helps to keep bacteria at bay. Brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day will help to remove any lingering bacteria in the mouth that can create oral problems.

Common symptoms of an abscessed tooth

There are certain symptoms that come with having an abscessed tooth, including but not limited to pain that radiates from the mouth to the ear or jaw area, pain when chewing food, pain when biting down, swollen gums, sensitive teeth, loose teeth, bad breath, swollen lymph nodes and a fever.

Abscessed tooth treatment

The main focus when it comes to treating an abscessed tooth is removing the infection from the tooth so it is no longer in jeopardy. It is necessary for a dental professional to first take an X-ray of someone’s tooth abscess in order to understand the type of abscess they have, as well as how severe the abscess is. Depending on the results, they will receive one of the following types of treatments. If the infection inside the abscess has spread to the rest of the body, antibiotics are often prescribed.

Abscess draining 

A small cut will be made directly into the abscess in order to drain the pus out, after which the area will be thoroughly cleaned so it can begin to heal.

Root canal

A root canal procedure may be necessary and involves making a small hole in the abscessed tooth in order to remove the abscess as well as any pulp that is infected.

Total extraction

An abscessed tooth may need to be completely extracted if there is too much damage done to the tooth. If a tooth does need to be extracted due to an abscess, a tooth replacement option must be chosen.

Are you currently living with an abscessed tooth?

Wondering if you need a total extraction because you have an abscessed tooth? The only way you can know for sure is by making a dental appointment so you can have an X-ray taken, which will determine the type of treatment you need for your tooth abscess. All you need to do is call us and let us know what a convenient time for you to come in is so we can get you scheduled in.

Request an appointment here: or call Cornerstone Dental Group at (978) 364-3003 for an appointment in our Westford office.

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