“Can an Abscessed Tooth Be Pulled?” this is a frequent question. Well, a tooth abscess refers to a severe dental infection that occurs when the dental pulp dies because of some injury or decomposition. The dead pulp promotes bacterial growth, causes the infection to spread to the dental root, and leads to pain and swelling of the gums. The Dapto dentists team has experience and understand these concerns and offer pain-relief and suggest sedation dentistry options to help make our procedures comfortable for even the most anxious patients.
Treating Abscessed Tooth
Treatment options for abscessed tooth include
- Crowning. This is recommended when the infection is restricted to a small part of the tooth.
- Root canal therapy. This is done when the dental root is infected.
A third very common way of treating an abscessed tooth is by extracting or pulling it. This is especially done when most of the tooth is infected. But, patients suffering from abscessed tooth often ask- can an abscessed tooth be pulled? Is it safe to do so?
Is it Safe to Pull an Abscessed Tooth?
The answer to these questions is that pulling the abscessed tooth is the best way to get rid of the dental infection permanently and it’s usually safe to have an infected tooth pulled. Normally, dentists prescribe antibiotics before extraction to minimize active infection and to prevent its spread in the body via the bloodstream. In case of visible gum swelling, they also drain the infection to remove the pus build-up. Dentists may also administer antibiotics after extraction to curtail further infection.
However, it’s best to inform your dentist about your medical history with respect to-
- Any medicines or supplements that you take.
- Heart issues such as congenital heart defect and artificial valves
- Liver cirrhosis
- Weakened immunity
- Any joint replacement surgery
- Bacterial endocarditis
Dentists always keep tooth extraction as the final option- when even root canal therapy is not viable. That said, it’s possible to pull an abscessed tooth safely with the help of some antibiotics before and after the treatment.