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Your tooth roots expand deep into the sockets of your gums. If tooth decay goes untreated, it can penetrate these vulnerable roots so that over time a serious infection can develop consisting of a pocket of infected tissue in your gums and inside your teeth. This pocket is called a dental abscess.

Before the pocket becomes clearly visible, you may experience such symptoms as a toothache or pain and pressure on the gums. If you notice these signs and think an abscess may be developing, do not hesitate to seek treatment at Pax Dental.

If we are able to catch the abscess early, our oral care specialists may be able to treat a minor abscess with an antibiotic and a root canal. For a more advanced condition, we might suggest extracting the tooth and removing the abscess to prevent bacteria from invading your bloodstream.

After the initial treatment, Dr. Hawkins will likely prescribe some antibiotics and pain management medication to eliminate any remaining infection and help you to be comfortable.

If the incision site bleeds a little for a few days after the extraction, that is to be expected. You can stem the bleeding by lightly biting down on a rolled bit of gauze over the extraction site. Once the bleeding stops, it may help to lightly rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water.

While you are healing, try to eat soft foods, and avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth. It is important not to use a straw, as the suction might pull a blood clot loose from the site of the incision. Also, tobacco use and smoking can aggravate healing gum tissues and increase your risk of infection, so avoid these habits.

Once your gums have completely healed, we can help you recognize your dental restoration options. In many cases, this means installing a dental implant bridge into the void or fitting your with partial dentures.

If you live in the Lexington Park, Maryland, area and you have an abscess, do not delay in calling 301-863-8822 to have it diagnosed and treated at Pax Dental. Our professionals want to give you the best care today!