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Why Does an Abscess Get So Painful?


Posted on 8/25/2019 by Dr. Karl Zeren
Why Does an Abscess Get So Painful?When something such a minor trauma occurs, and your gums are injured, bacteria can enter your bloodstream. An abscess may form to protect your body as it attempts to kill these germs.

It will become painful as it grows more inflamed and the pus inside of it builds up, causing pressure in this area of your mouth.

What Happens When an Abscess is Left Untreated


Although you won't die because of the abscess' pain, if left untreated the abscess can and will eventually infect other parts of your body. This is because its bacteria will enter your bones or bloodstream. This is why it's so important for you to come into our office and have it treated.

How to Treat an Abscess


Typically, an abscess is treated with prescription medication and pain management. However, there are times when the abscess must be cut open so the pus (where the bacteria is found) can be drained. This is done under a local anesthetic.

In other cases, you may need to have a root canal. This is because we need to drill into your dead tooth to drain the pus. We'll also remove any damaged tissue and insert a root filling, so you don't develop any more infections. Scaling and planning underneath your gum line may also be necessary if there's a tooth that's alive involved here. We want to make sure you don't get any additional infections.

In extreme cases the diseased tissue or periodontal pocket must be surgically removed by one of our oral surgeons. We usually only do this when you have recurring infections. Once these are removed, we'll reshape your gum tissue.

When you notice an abscess in your mouth, it's a good idea to pick up the phone and call us immediately so we can set up an appointment to evaluate the abscess and decide on the best course of treatment for it.

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