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Should I Go To The Emergency Room For A Tooth Abscess?

person with tooth painTooth abscesses are often a sign of a more serious underlying dental issue. If you’re experiencing severe pain, swelling, and/or fever-it’s time to visit the emergency room as these can be symptoms of an infection.

So what actually causes a tooth abscess? The most common cause is tooth decay that has gone unchecked and allowed bacteria to enter the tooth. This can also happen if you have any kind of trauma or injury to your mouth, such as a crack in the tooth.

If You Suspect That You May Have A Tooth Infection, What Should You Do?

First and foremost, contact our practice so we can evaluate the situation and determine the best course of action. Depending on the severity, we may prescribe antibiotics to help reduce swelling and pain. If you are still in severe pain after taking antibiotics or if your face or neck is swollen, it’s important to seek medical attention at an emergency room right away.

It’s important to remember that the best way to avoid a tooth abscess and other dental issues is through regular visits and checkups. Visiting our practice for routine checkups every six months can help catch any potential problems early on and prevent them from becoming more serious.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can abscesses heal on their own?

It is not recommended to try and treat this condition at home, as it can be very dangerous. The bacterial infection must be properly treated by a dentist to ensure that the problem does not worsen.

Is there anything I can do to prevent one from occurring?

The best way to prevent this is by practicing good oral hygiene following a regular dental checkup schedule. Taking care of your teeth and gums can help reduce the risk of infection, while also helping to catch any potential issues early on.

Need Help? We’re Here for You

Suspect you may be dealing with a tooth infection? We’re here to help. Book a visit with us as soon as possible to get your oral health back on track.

We look forward to seeing you in the practice soon.

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