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Left untreated, a cavity can gradually spread beyond the tooth’s enamel layer to infect the pulp, nerve, or root of a tooth. As this starts to occur, the bacterial presence can expand into the gums surrounding the root of the tooth developing into an infectious dental abscess. Common symptoms that this is happening often includes increasing toothache pain and pressure in the gums. In a situation like this, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Edward Garry’s clinic.

If it’s small enough, it might be possible for him to treat a minor abscess with a root canal and prescription antibiotics. However, a large dental abscess Dr. Edward Garry might recommend extracting the tooth and excising the abscess. This will prevent the bacteria from access to your blood stream. Dr. Edward Garry will likely prescribe a course of antibiotics and pain management medication to help eliminate any lingering infection and help maintain your comfort while your gums heal.

Even though it will be sutured, the extraction site might still bleed a little a few days after the extraction. If necessary, you can lightly bite down on a piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can lightly rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water. It’s best to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth while your gums are healing. You also shouldn’t drink through a straw as the suction could pull a blood clot loose.

When you’re ready, Dr. Edward Garry can help you decide if you would like to replace the tooth with a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a dental implant. If you live in the Greenfield, Indiana, area and you are suffering from a toothache or severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling 317-462-1252 to have it diagnosed and treated at Greenfield Family Dentistry.