Most people think that a dental abscess is not a dental emergency. We wait and sleep on it, thinking that it will simply go away. However, what most people don’t know is that once a dental abscess starts to develop, it won’t go away on its own. This is not a problem for time to take away.
If you notice pus in your mouth, visit your Bondi Dental dentist immediately.
Bondi Dental provides 24/7 dental emergency care for you and your loved ones in the Bondi community; the Eastern Suburbs; Sydney and its surrounding areas.
Dental Abscess: Definition and Causes
A dental abscess is the accumulation of pus inside the teeth, gums, or in the bones holding the teeth. Pus is a whitish- yellow, yellow, or brown, yellow protein-rich fluid. It is a build up of dead, white blood cells, and is your body’s response to an infection. So if you notice pus in your mouth, this means that there is a serious dental problem progressing.
The following are the common cause of a dental abscess:
- Severe tooth decay.
- Gum disease.
- Dead/dying tooth nerve/pulp.
- Poor dental works.
- Food lodged in between teeth.
Aside from the visible pus in your mouth, a dental abscess can have the following symptoms:
- Pain in the affected area when touched.
- Bad breath.
- Bitter taste in the mouth.
- Swollen cheeks.
- Red and swollen gums.
- Difficulty in opening your mouth.
- Enlarged neck glands.
First Aid Tips
- Prepare a saltwater solution by dissolving ½ teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of lukewarm water. Use this to rinse your mouth several times a day.
- Take an OTC pain reliever to reduce pain. Do not give an aspirin to those below 18 years old and never put an aspirin directly onto the affected area as this can only burn it.
It is important to keep in mind that these first aid steps do not solve dental problems, particularly in the case of a dental abscess. They simply help you manage before your trip to the dentist. A dental abscess can only be treated by a dentist!
When you visit your Bondi Dental dentist, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause of the dental abscess. This is important in the treatment process; otherwise, a new dental abscess will form.
Treatment can be:
- Tooth extraction
- Root canal treatment
- Periodontal surgery
Dental Emergency at Bondi Dental
Bondi Dental is ready for your dental emergencies 24/7. Rest assured that we’ll treat your dental emergency even after office hours, on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), and on all Public Holidays.
If you have dental emergencies and/or require immediate pain relief, call (02) 9365 7187 to make an appointment with Bondi Dental’s expert dentists.