Prompt dental abscess treatment
Developing dental abscess can a painful experience and will require urgent dental assistance. We’re delighted to offer emergency and walk-in appointments for patients suffering from a dental abscess.
Our dentists and specialists can help you with emergency dental treatment and instant pain relief. Located just a few minutes from King’s Cross station, we’re open to new and existing patients.
What is a dental abscess?
A dental abscess is a collection of pus in the tooth, gums, or jaw. Caused by a bacterial infection, a dental abscess is almost always painful and produces a throbbing sensation. The pain can often spread to the ears, and if left untreated for long, the patient may show flu-like symptoms, including fever, muscle pain, and headache.
An abscess is usually either:
- periapical – usually a result of untreated caries; or
- periodontal – a sign of gum infection.
Dental abscesses do not go away on their own – they always require treatment, and are typically a sign of a dental issue which needs to be addressed immediately. A consultation with a dentist will help you identify the required treatment, which will vary based on the cause of the infection.
What is the treatment for dental abscess?
In most cases, dental abscess will be a sign that the pulp of the tooth has become infected, and a root canal treatment is likely to be needed. If the abscess, however, has been caused by a dental infection you may need to visit a periodontist.
In either scenario, the dentsit will first treat the bacterial infection. Where possible, they will drain the abscess and disinfect the area.
In some cases, where the infection is more severe, the dentist may recommend a course on antibiotics or another anti-inflammatory medication and the regular use of mouthwash.
Where no other treatment is possible, or if a root canal treatment has been performed on the tooth, the dentist may recommend an extraction. Topical sedation is used during the procedures to numb the area and allow for a comfortable experience.
How to prevent a dental abscess?
Impeccable oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and a balanced diet are the best precautions against dental abscess. Here are a few tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy:
- brush your teeth 2 or 3 times a day, and ensure proper brushing technique (vigorous brushing can also cause gum infection and abscess);
- change your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months;
- use fluoride toothpaste;
- combine flossing and use of interdental brushes;
- try to minimise the consumption of sugar and carbonated drinks;
- avoid snacking – frequent eating exposes the teeth to more bacteria during every meal.
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We accept walk-in patients and emergency appointments. To ensure we’re able to see you immediately, please book your appointment online when you’re on your way, or give us a call on 020 7278 6362.
We’re available Monday to Saturday, 9am until 5pm.