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Dental Abscess Diagnosis
A doctor or dentist can determine by physical examination if there is a drainable abscess. X-rays of the mouth may be necessary to show small abscesses that are located at the deepest part of the tooth.
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For an acute dental abscess that causes substantial pain or swelling, the doctor may incise and drain the abscess and/or try therapy with antibiotics. Abscesses that are eminently life-threatening may require hospital admission. Pain medication is commonly prescribed until the symptoms can be controlled. These initial measures are often necessary to temporarily relieve the signs and symptoms of an acute abscess; however, further treatment directed at eliminating the primary source of the infection is necessary to prevent recurrence. The location of this primary source determines the "definitive" treatment options, which may include root canal treatment, periodontal treatment, or extraction of the tooth.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/13/2015
Todd C. Snyder, DDS
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