An abscess is a way that the body tries to heal from an infection. An abscessed tooth generally has a pocket of pus in the tissue around it. The pus is a result of the body trying to fight the infection caused by bacteria, and when it cannot drain an abscess is formed.
If you believe that your toddler has an abscessed tooth or gum infection, they may have a bad taste in his or her mouth. Additionally, they might have a fever or swollen jaw. Possible causes of an abscessed tooth are if a tooth has suffered from damage, tooth decay has been left untreated, or gum disease. An abscessed tooth should be treated immediately by a dental professional. If left untreated, the infection could potentially spread to other parts of your child’s body, which could also cause severe adverse effects.
Treating an Abscessed Tooth or Infection:
Once at the dental office, the dentist will more than likely prescribe your child an antibiotic to try and stop the infection from progressing. On some occasions, the dentist may make a hole in the tooth or cut open the abscess inside your child’s mouth to allow the infection to drain. Draining the abscess can also help relieve any pain that your child may be experiencing, as well. Depending on what the dentist believes is best for your child; your child may or may not need a root canal treatment to take out the infected pulp of the tooth and replacing it with a filling. If a root canal treatment does not work, then the dentist may have to remove the tooth.
After the infection has been drained or treatment has been done to treat the abscessed tooth, please be sure to attend any follow-up appointments that have been instructed by the dentist. Each visit is important to ensure appropriate healing to your child’s teeth and overall health.
Prevention for the Future:
In order to prevent an abscessed tooth in the future, be sure to brush your child’s teeth thoroughly at least twice a day (once in the morning and once before bedtime). You should also be sure to floss your child’s teeth making sure that the floss works its way in between each tooth in the mouth.
Also, if you can, try to refrain or limit from giving your child any sugary drinks, candies or foods, as these items are common causes of dental health related issues.
Please Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry:
If your child is showing symptoms of either a gum infection or abscessed tooth, please contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry immediately. Our staff will make an appointment for your child to see our wonderful pediatric dentist, Dr. Konz. At the appointment, Dr. Konz will discuss what treatment will be needed for your child and go over any questions or concerns that you may have.