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How is a dental abscess treated?

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Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Semantics

If you mean solved, it means getting to the source of the problem and eliminating it via root canal, extraction, or periodontal treatment, depending on the cause.
If you mean reducing the symptoms temporarily, that involves antibiotics. It may be that antibiotics are an essential part of definitive treatment, but in and of themselves, benefits are typically temporary.

In brief: Semantics

If you mean solved, it means getting to the source of the problem and eliminating it via root canal, extraction, or periodontal treatment, depending on the cause.
If you mean reducing the symptoms temporarily, that involves antibiotics. It may be that antibiotics are an essential part of definitive treatment, but in and of themselves, benefits are typically temporary.
Dr. John DeWolf
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: All infections-

In order to treat any infection, two things are necessary: one must remove the cause of the infection and also use antibiotics to control it as well as prevent the spread of the infection.
Specifically regarding treatment, that depends upon the cause (nerve, gums, bone) --> root canal therapy? Extraction? Periodontal treatment? Incision and drainage? Surgery? Curettage? Etc.

In brief: All infections-

In order to treat any infection, two things are necessary: one must remove the cause of the infection and also use antibiotics to control it as well as prevent the spread of the infection.
Specifically regarding treatment, that depends upon the cause (nerve, gums, bone) --> root canal therapy? Extraction? Periodontal treatment? Incision and drainage? Surgery? Curettage? Etc.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Treatment is dependent upon the cause of the abscess.
A dental abscess can be related to an infected nerve inside the tooth or an infection of the gums or a periodontal infection. The tooth abscess may be treated with antibiotics, root canal or extraction of the tooth. The gum abscess may be treated with antibiotics and removal of the offending source.

In brief: Depends

Treatment is dependent upon the cause of the abscess.
A dental abscess can be related to an infected nerve inside the tooth or an infection of the gums or a periodontal infection. The tooth abscess may be treated with antibiotics, root canal or extraction of the tooth. The gum abscess may be treated with antibiotics and removal of the offending source.
Dr. Daniel Quon
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In brief: Two possibilities

When you have an abscessed tooth you can have a root canal or an extraction.
There are no other treatments.

In brief: Two possibilities

When you have an abscessed tooth you can have a root canal or an extraction.
There are no other treatments.
Dr. William Ledford
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Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dentistry

In brief: Abscess

A dental abscess is an infection that has reached the nerve and therefore the infected nerve must be treated and removed by endodontic procedure(root canal therapy).
Your dentist may also prescribe an adjunt antibiotic treatment.

In brief: Abscess

A dental abscess is an infection that has reached the nerve and therefore the infected nerve must be treated and removed by endodontic procedure(root canal therapy).
Your dentist may also prescribe an adjunt antibiotic treatment.
Dr. Maryam Chiani
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