Tooth Infection Care and Treatment
Strategies to eliminate the tooth infection, preserve the tooth, and prevent complications are the goals of tooth abscess treatment.
Your dentist may need to drain the pus from the infected tooth. During this procedure, you’re likely to be given gas or numbing medication to help you relax and to minimize the pain. You’ll probably be given antibiotics to treat the infection, and pain medicine to ease your discomfort.
The treatment of a tooth infection depends on the cause and the amount of treatment a patient is willing to pay for. The easiest way to eliminate the problem is a dental extraction.
The tooth may also be extracted, allowing drainage through the socket. Another way is root canal, it can often save the tooth for the rest of a patient’s life. In this procedure the dead material inside the tooth is removed and filled. If the cause of the tooth infection is from the surrounding gums, then periodontal (gum) treatment is recommended.
Antibiotics for Tooth Infection
Antibiotics kill the invading bacteria but don’t go inside the dead tooth, so the open canals provide a safe area for the bacteria to hide. A dental antibiotic can not cure a tooth infection because of this.
Many bacteria are resistance to antibiotics which makes even small tooth infections potentially serious since a small problem can grow out of control. Early treatment of tooth infection is important.
Cure for a Tooth Infection
If you got your tooth infection after extraction, rinse with salt water 3 or 4 times a day and Listerine (Listerine kills bacteria in the mouth) twice a day, but the best option is to go to the dentist.
Taking Echinacea may help to heal a minor tooth infection in wisdom tooth. A traditional tooth infection remedy is to apply a few drops of oil of cloves to the tooth, or alternatively simply place a clove in your mouth next to the tooth for a few minutes.
Oil of Cloves, or Eugenol (the dentist uses it under this name), is an obtundant. It works for tooth decay on a tooth where there is wide open decay. It soothes the tooth (numbs), but does not cure it. Therefore, it is good for a short term until you can get to the dentist.
Without dental treatment, a tooth infection and dental abscess will continue to get worse, and may eventually lead to the destruction of the surrounding bone. Address your dentist as soon as possible.