It’s not fun having an abscessed tooth. In fact, that might be a bit of an understatement. It can be very painful and if you don’t start some sort of tooth abscess treatment plan right away, the infection – and the pain – will only get worse.
Watch out for symptoms like hot and cold flashes or dizziness, or just a general toothache, as all point to an abscessed tooth. The people most susceptible to get an abscessed tooth are smokers, heavy drinkers, and people with poor oral hygiene.
There are three routes someone can take when they are need of a tooth abscess treatment plan. The most common being getting put on antibiotics, getting a root canal, and lastly, getting the infected tooth removed. That’s the last option though, most dentists will try to avoid that as best as they can. Extractions usually only happen when the infection is so far gone that the dentist can’t do anything to save the tooth.
However, the work doesn’t stop after the chosen tooth abscess treatment does its job. There are follow-up treatments that a person will have to complete. If they don’t, it will be like stopping antibiotics early, all of the work that was done will have been for nothing.
It doesn’t matter if you just finished antibiotics, or are recovering after getting a root canal or tooth extraction, your dentist will have created some sort of follow-up tooth abscess treatment plan. The follow-up care usually consists of multiple visits to the dentist. Why? Your dentist will want to do a few reassessments, just to make sure everything is healing properly. Sometimes, however, your dentist may refer you to a specialist, depending on how he or she feels about your recovery.
It’s important that you go to every follow-up meeting with your dentist. Even if you feel better, and swear by your recovery, you may have missed something that your dentist could have caught.
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