A tooth abscess is a critical infection that starts from either a tooth or the gums around a tooth. Such an infection can be very uncomfortable, painful, and causing serious problems to a person’s health. The treatment for an abscessed tooth depends on the severity of the infection, and whether it came from the gum or the tooth:
- In most cases, if the abscess is of significant size, taking antibiotics is necessary before any treatment.
- If the abscess comes from the tooth, a root canal should be done on that tooth by cleaning all of the infection inside and sealing the canals of the tooth. Eventually placing a crown allows a proper treatment.
- If the abscess comes from the gums instead of the tooth, drainage and curettage may be needed..