Dental Abscess (cont.)
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Dental Abscess Diagnosis
A doctor or dentist can determine by physical examination if you have 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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The doctor may decide to cut open the abscess and allow the pus to drain or try therapy with antibiotics. Unless the abscess ruptures on its own, this is generally the only way that the infection can be cured. People with dental abscesses are typically prescribed pain relievers and, at the discretion of the doctor, antibiotics to fight the infection. An abscess that has extended to the floor of the mouth or to the neck may need to be drained in the operating room under anesthesia.
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