What Do I Do If I Have a Tooth Abscess?
Do you have a tooth ache or think you have symptoms of a tooth abscess? It is therefore recommended to consult a dental surgeon or a dentist as soon as possible. While waiting for your appointment, you can limit dental pain and pressure on the abscess, by applying the following tips:
- Avoid very hot or very cold food and drink;
- Favor soft foods and chew with the side of the mouth without abscess;
- Use a soft toothbrush and do not thread dental floss around the affected tooth;
- Take medication to relieve pain. Paracetamol is to be used in the first intention. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are contraindicated in the case of abscessed teeth ;
- Apply on your face, at the level of the abscess, an ice pack surrounded by clean cloth (no more than ten minutes in a row).
Can I Treat an Abscess Without a Prescription?
If you are starting a drug treatment without a medical prescription, here are some principles to follow:
- Follow the dosage indicated in the leaflet carefully (maximum authorized daily dose, quantity and frequency of doses, the minimum interval between two doses). You will thus avoid an overdose which could be toxic and / or lead to addiction to the product;
- For the same reasons, avoid combining or alternating analgesics of different compositions (unless your doctor advises otherwise);
- Do not use the medicine if you have any of the contraindications specified in the package leaflet.
When Is a Dental Abcess an Emergency?
In the following cases of a complicated dental abscess, it is advisable to consult a dentist immediately and, if this is not possible, to go to the emergency room:
- You have a fever, and your face is swollen: this may mean that the infection has spread beyond the oral cavity;
- Your immune system is weakened by illness or certain treatments (chemotherapy, corticosteroid treatment);
- Your doctor has advised you to be vigilant in the event of an oral infection, to avoid complications from a chronic condition (e.g. diabetes ,heart valves).
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If you have any additional questions regarding dental abscesses or are looking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beeson, our dentist in Grande Prairie, AB, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today! We look forward to serving you and your family.