About dental abscesses:
A dental abscess is a collection of pus that is frequently caused by bacteria. An abscess may appear as a â€śpimpleâ€ť or â€śbubbleâ€ť on the soft tissues of the mouth. If you see this in your child’s mouth, call us for an appointment. X-rays will be necessary to correctly diagnose the abscess. If the abscess is affecting a baby tooth, the treatment will be extraction. If the abscess is affecting an adult tooth, treatment is usually a root canal.
If the abscess is accompanied by facial swelling, fever, chills or vomiting, you should seek immediate medical attention by a physician. Your child may need to be prescribed or administered an antibiotic from a medical doctor.
Visit an emergency room immediately if any of the following symptoms are present:
- Chills, fever, or vomiting
- Any facial swelling
- Increased swelling or increased pain, especially around the eye
- Increased redness or increased red streaking from the infected area
- Elevation of the floor of the mouth, difficulty swallowing, or difficulty breathing
These symptoms may be signs of a life-threatening infection. If your child has any of them, don’t delay in taking him or her to an emergency room.