These are some things you can do to ease your symptoms:
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen for the discomfort
- Try to chew on the side of your mouth away from the tooth
- When you brush your teeth, use a toothbrush with soft bristles
If you have an abscessed tooth, your dentist may recommend one of the following treatments, depending on how serious the abscess is:
- If you have a simple abscess, your dentist, or a specialist called an endodontist, can do a root canal to get rid of the infection and hopefully save the tooth.
- If the abscess is large, it may need to be drained first before a root canal is done. Your dentist or endodontist will make a small cut in the gum to let the pus out and then rinse the area with saline (saltwater).
- After the tooth is sealed back up, your dentist can then put on a cap or crown as a top layer to protect the tooth and make sure you don’t get another abscess.
- If your tooth can’t be saved, your dentist might need to pull it, then drain the abscess to get rid of the infection.
Your dentist also might give you antibiotics to make sure the infection doesn’t spread to other teeth or other parts of your body.
Good dental habits can help keep your teeth and gums healthy: