Pull The Affected Tooth
Sometimes, a dental abscess may be so advanced when a patient presents for treatment that the tooth cannot be saved. In this case, dentists will pull the affected tooth and drain the pus, providing a complete resolution of the problem. This is done in a dental office with local anesthesia. After the local anesthesia is administered, the dentist will grasp the tooth with a special instrument before gently twisting the tooth until it is safely extracted. Following this, the dentist may make a small cut in the gum of the affected site to drain any remaining pus or fluid. The area will be packed with gauze, and patients may be prescribed pain relievers to use for a few days. At home, a diet of soft foods should be followed, and teeth should be brushed as normal. Patients may need to have follow-up appointments to check on their recovery.
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