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how is a periodontic abscess typically treated?

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Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
Curettage: ..Or deep cleaning is often used. If the periodontal status of the tooth or teeth is hopeless, extraction may be indicated. Antibiotics are sometimes helpful but addressing the underlying cause of the infection is essential. Get it looked at asap.
Dr. Ryan Mendro
Dr. Ryan Mendro commented
Periodontics 16 years experience
Short term management can often be achieved by debridement of the area and adjacent tooth surfaces, drainage of the abscess as needed. Adjuncts like irrigation, antibiotics and laser disinfection are also often used. Long term management might include scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), gum surgery or extraction of teeth. The best treatment is prevention. If your dentition is well maintained, the chances or abscess are significantly reduced.
Aug 20, 2013
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Curettage: Your dentist will remove the inflamed tissue and drainage of the abscess will give you relief. The periodontal pocket , any hard tooth deposits, and pus is is removed this way. The area is irrigated, sometimes with anti-microbial solution, and you will be given home care instructions. You will also be placed on antibiotics.
Dr. Eric Linden
Specializes in Periodontics
Laser: We use a nd/yag laser for most of our periodontal treatment, including treating abscesses and periodontal swellings. No flaps or stitches, rapid healing, and an excellent tissue response.

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