Cavities, dental trauma and poor oral hygiene are the most frequent underlying causes of dental infections which can lead to an abscessed tooth. A dental abscess is a swollen pocket of soft tissue filled with pus (the thick pale yellow or green substance that frequently accompanies an infection). Prompt treatment of abscesses is essential because the infection can travel through your bloodstream, potentially infecting additional teeth, gums and bones, spreading to the deep neck space or intracranial sinuses, and causing life-threatening septic shock.
After an incision and drainage, it’s important to follow explicit aftercare instructions to ensure the treated area remains infection-free. We usually suggest gargling with salt water several times a day. While you can brush and floss as normal, it’s important to avoid irritating your incisions.
Call us immediately if you develop any of these symptoms after the procedure:
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