How to Know You Probably Have a Dental Abscess That Needs Urgent Treatment

Posted on 4/20/2019 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
How to Know You Probably Have a Dental Abscess That Needs Urgent TreatmentPeople want to ignore the pain they feel in their mouth. They want to hope that it goes away so they do not have to take a trip to our office for a root canal or some other procedure.

There are times when the pain or symptoms of trouble a person sees in their oral health do disappear and are not a real problem, there are also times when ignoring a problem puts a person at risk for even bigger problems. A dental abscess is often one of the things people should not ignore. They need to know when they can wait a little bit for treatment or when they need to get treatment right away.

Signs of an Abscess

The first step to recognizing you have an abscess that needs urgent attention is to know what the signs of an abscess are. There are several things to look for.

•  Pain. Dental abscess can cause pain. The worse the pain, the more severe the problem usually is.
•  Swelling. An abscess can cause swelling of the gums around the abscess and other areas. The more swelling, the more problematic is.
•  Pus. An abscess is a pocket of pus around an infection. If that pocket bursts the pus will flow out into the oral cavity and could lead to even more dangerous situations.
•  Fever. Infections trigger fever. Any fever over 101 needs attention.

What Can Happen
There are some people that will try to ignore the symptoms of a dental abscess. They may try to manage them. This is never a good idea. Because it is an infection, the abscess can spread to other parts of the body. If it gets into the bloodstream, it can cause an infection in other organs in the body and could result in sepsis.

While waiting a short time before getting treatment for an abscess is possible, you should not wait long. The symptoms typically only get worse as an infection does not clear up on its own. It is always better to seek treatment for an abscess as soon as possible.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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