Dental abscesses are one of the most commonly treated complaints in dentistry, but this does not make them trivial things to deal with. Untreated, the infection that causes an abscess can rapidly spread into the tissues of the mouth, cheeks and even facial bone structure, causing serious and sometimes life threatening conditions. Do not be alarmed—abscesses can be treated with routine procedures to avoid all this, but they must be recognised and treated early.
What causes dental abscesses?
Dental abscesses have a number of causes, including:
How should I have them treated?
A visit to the dentist is required without exception when a dental abscess develops. Standard antibiotics can do little to fight off the infection and do nothing about the build-up of pus in the affected area. Your dentist will inspect the abscess before recommending a treatment, which will vary depending on the location, size and seriousness of the abscess:
What potential complications can arise?
These complications are rare, but can be deadly serious, and are more likely to occur if you delay treatment:
For treatment or further information, consult resources such as Ryde Dental Care.Share
14 April 2015
I have worked as a school nurse for decades. Children come to me with all sorts of scrapes and bumps and bruises. Black eyes from playing football, sprained wrists from falling off the monkey bars and stomachaches from too many sweets are common complaints. However, the issue that seems to cause the greatest angst is tooth problems. Sometimes a child will have a second tooth knocked out when playing sport and parents arrive in tears. At other times, children come to my office crying because their friends are teasing them about teeth that are discoloured or stick out. I take an active interest in the latest dental news so that I can give parents and children comfort and advice. I have included some of my collected wisdom on these pages. Perhaps this information can help you understand some options when faced with a dental problem. Thank you for reading.