Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that can form inside the teeth, in the gums, or in the bone that holds the teeth in place. It’s caused by a bacterial infection. Dental abscess is one of the most common reason why people see an emergency dentist.

In an emergency immediately call us on 0131 629 1158 or Email us. 

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Types of Abscess

There are two types of abscess

Symptoms of a Dental Abscess

Symptoms of an abscess in your tooth or gum may include:

If the infection spreads, you may also develop a high temperature (fever) and feel generally pulvinar dapibus leo. In severe cases, you may find it hard to fully open breathing. your mouth and have difficulty swallowing or breathing.

What Causes Dental Abscesses?

Your mouth is full of bacteria, which form a sticky film on your teeth called plaque. If you don’t keep your teeth clean, acids produced by the bacteria in plaque can damage your teeth and gums, leading to tooth decay or gum disease.

The following can increase your chances of developing a dental abscess:

What to Do If You Have A Dental Abscess?

if you think you have a dental abscess, the most important action that can be taken is an immediate visit to an emergency dentist, which will hopefully spell the end of the problem as soon as possible. It’s important to get help as soon as possible, because abscesses don’t go away on their own. If the issue is ignored for a long period of time, the infected tooth may need tooth extraction, as the problem may spread to other areas of the mouth. Therefore, it is absolutely vital for individuals to ensure they visit a dental professional at the next possible opportunity.

Relieving Your Symptoms

While you’re waiting to see a dentist, painkillers can help control your pain. Ibuprofen is the preferred painkiller for dental abscesses, but if you’re unable to take it for medical reasons, you can take paracetamol instead. Aspirin shouldn’t be given to children under 16. If one painkiller doesn’t relieve the pain, taking both paracetamol and ibuprofen at the doses shown in the medicine leaflet may help. This is safe for adults, but not for children under 16.

It may also help to:

These measures can help relieve your symptoms temporarily, but you shouldn’t use them to delay getting help from a  dentist.

Treatments for a Dental Abscess

Dental abscesses are treated by removing the source of the infection and draining away the pus. Depending on the location of the abscess and how severe the infection is, possible treatments include:

Local anaesthetic will usually be used to numb your mouth for these procedures. More extensive operations may be carried out under general anaesthetic (where you’re asleep). Antibiotics aren’t routinely prescribed for dental abscesses, but may be used if the infection spreads or is particularly severe. 

Preventing Dental Abscesses

You can reduce your risk of developing dental abscesses by keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. To do this, you should:

Use Floss: Use floss or an interdental brush at least once a day to clean between your teeth and under the gum line 

Brush Twice a Day: Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day – spending at least two minutes each time Avoid Rinsing Your Mouth with Water or Mouthwash: After brushing because this washes the protective toothpaste away – just spit out any excess toothpaste Cut Down on Sugary and Starchy Food and Drinks – particularly between meals or shortly before going to bed Visit Your Dentist Regularly – your dentist or hygienist can suggest how often you should have a check-up, based on your oral health.

Will the infection return?

If an abscess is caught in time and the appropriate treatment is given, the infection should be removed and the tooth preserved. Therefore, it is vital to attend an appointment with a dental professional to stop the infection from returning. A number of complications can be caused by the return of an infection, including the complete extraction of the tooth. Further problems can be caused beyond the infected area, which can spread to the skin causing soreness, swelling and discoloration This issue can often spread from the tooth to the jawbone and bring on a condition called osteomyelitis, which can escalate to affect the bone marrow. The disease is a debilitating condition  and can be very painful, which can bring on the requirement for surgery.

How soon should I be seen?

You should be seen as soon as possible. Our Clinic offers same-day appointments for most conditions during normal business hours and out of hours dentists, so call us on  0131 6291158  or  Email us  to book an appointment.

Can I get an Emergency Dentist appointment in Edinburgh?

Have a dental emergency? Frederick Street Dental Care offers same-day treatments. Whether you are already a patient of ours or you are looking for an emergency dentist, we are here and always welcome you. Call us immediately and we will schedule an emergency appointment for you.

Do you provide weekend Emergency Dental Services in Edinburgh?

Frederick Street Dental Care has increased morning and evening hours of operation to help our patients with general availability and weekend emergency dental care. We are now open 7 days a week. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call  0131 629 1158  or book an appointment and get the treatment necessary as soon as possible.