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Follow-up for a Dental Abscess
With dental abscess, as with each and every illness, it is important to comply with a doctor's instructions for follow-up care. Proper treatment often means reassessment, multiple visits, or referral to a specialist. Cooperate with doctors by following instructions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.
Dental Abscess Prognosis
The prognosis is good for resolution of a small dental abscess once it has ruptured or been drained. If the symptoms are improving, it is unlikely that the infection is getting worse. Larger abscesses need immediate medical care, often requiring drainage and antibiotics. Proper follow-up care with a dentist is mandatory for reassessment of the infection and for taking care of the problem tooth.
Dental Abscess Prevention
Prevention plays a major role in maintaining good dental health. Daily brushing and flossing along with regular dental checkups can prevent tooth decay and dental abscess. Anyone who suffers from frequent dental abscesses needs to be evaluated by a health care professional to determine if an underlying medical condition is responsible. Remember there are no home remedies once one develops an abscess, so prevention is the best practice.
Last Editorial Review: 11/13/2015
Todd C. Snyder, DDS
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