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Dental Abscess: Do I Need My Tooth Pulled Immediately?

Dental Abscess

There is no way that you could have possibly been ready for an unexpected emergency of a dental abscess that could occur with regard to your mouth, and there is no way that you could have prepared for it. However, in the case of a dental abscess, there are typically some signs and symptoms that will alert you to the possibility that a problem is developing and will prompt you to seek medical attention. If you are able to recognize them, it will be much simpler for you to decide whether or not you need to visit our dentist in Summerlin and schedule an appointment.

Signs that you may be experiencing pain from a dental abscess include the following:

A dental abscess is a potential complication that may arise in response to an infected tooth. You should be on the lookout for the following warning signs, which are listed below:

  • A visible pimple-like fistula on the gum;
  • Having an unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • Pus coming from your mouth;
  • Bleeding gums.

Visit your dentist as soon as possible if you experience any of the symptoms described above, as they will be able to advise you on the most effective course of treatment. We can at least help you find some relief from the problem in the here and now, even if you are unable to solve the problem in a way that will prevent it from happening again in the future.

Treatment with Medication for a Specified Amount of Time

It is possible that our dentist in Summerlin will suggest that you take an antibiotic if he or she finds that you do, in fact, have a dental abscess.

It is imperative that you take this medication exactly as prescribed, which includes finishing the entire bottle and adhering to the dosing instructions to the letter. You may start to feel some relief from the pain when the antibiotic finally begins to take effect, which should be around the third day. At this point, you may be tempted to stop taking your medication because you no longer feel the need to do so. It is in your best interest to finish the full course of medication that has been prescribed to you because stopping the treatment early will only speed up the rate at which the infection will return.

Despite this fact, antibiotics are ineffective when it comes to treating abscesses, which are common dental issues. It is imperative that this point be taken into consideration. This medication does not treat the underlying condition; all it does is mask the symptoms temporarily or make them less noticeable. Once a dental abscess has been identified in your mouth, it will not go away on its own after a certain amount of time has passed. You can eliminate the infection completely with the help of our dentist in Summerlin, who will provide you with guidance on the most effective treatment plan to follow.

How to Effectively and Efficiently Treat Your Dental Abscess and Make It Go Away Forever

When it comes to treating a dental abscess, there are two distinct options available to choose from. The condition of your tooth will determine whether you have the option of getting a root canal or having your tooth extracted. If your tooth is in poor health, you will not have either option. Each method has a set of advantages as well as some potential disadvantages.

Therapy in the Form of a Root Canal

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If we find that there is still enough healthy tooth structure left and that the nerve anatomy of your tooth is ideal, you may be able to have root canal therapy performed to save your tooth. This would require us to find that there is still enough healthy tooth structure left and that the nerve anatomy of your tooth is ideal. If we determine that there is sufficient healthy tooth structure still present, then we will be able to accomplish this goal.

During this treatment, the dentist will drill a hole through the chewing surface of the tooth. This will allow the dentist to access the nerve tissue that is located within the tooth. After that, the infected nerve will be removed, and then the canals will be sealed off to prevent any additional infection from occurring.

The treatment of root canals is an extremely common procedure that, in the majority of cases, produces results that can be accurately anticipated. After this procedure has been completed, our dentist will typically move on to the subsequent step, which is the installation of a protective crown, also known as a permanent cover for your tooth. This step typically takes place immediately after the completion of the previous procedure.

It is a significant financial investment to get a root canal and a crown at the same time. However, if the procedure is successful, you will be able to keep your natural tooth for a good number of years into the future.

Having a Tooth Removed From Your Mouth

No one will look down on you or judge you in any way if you decide against getting a root canal done at all. It is possible that some patients will not even have the option of having their tooth saved because there is not enough of the healthy tooth left. This is due to the fact that there is not enough of the healthy tooth left.

Having a tooth extracted is one of the most cost-effective and least invasive ways to permanently cure an abscess, which can be done at a fraction of the cost of other treatment options. After analyzing the x-ray of your tooth, we will be able to provide you with an estimate of the level of difficulty that is associated with the extraction of your tooth. Because the roots of the front teeth and the majority of the premolars are only one or two millimeters in diameter, their removal does not present a significant challenge.

Molars are notoriously difficult to clean because they have three to four roots, each of which can be extremely long and twisted. As a result, cleaning a molar is a notoriously difficult task. It is possible that you will end up needing to schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon who specializes in the removal of teeth in order to have your tooth extracted.

You should give some thought to the potential negative consequences of living with a gap in your smile caused by the absence of a tooth before making a final decision about whether or not to have your abscessed tooth extracted before making a final decision about whether or not to have your abscessed tooth extracted.

For instance, once you have a space because a tooth has been extracted, the teeth on either side of the gap will begin to angle toward it in an effort to fill it in. This is because the teeth on either side of the gap are trying to fill the space left behind by the extracted tooth. This behavior is a perfectly normal reaction to the missing tooth. The way your bite feels may be significantly altered, and not in a positive way, as a result of this.

It is possible for the opposing tooth on the opposing arch to become super-erupted, which means that it protrudes out of its socket. This can happen if the opposing tooth on the opposing arch is not properly cared for. This takes place because the patient is searching for something they can touch.

In addition, if you are missing teeth, this can cause the skin on your face to sag, which can lead to you looking older and having more wrinkles. This can happen if you haven't been taking care of your teeth.

Identifying the Cause of Your Dental Abscess

Time is of the essence if you want to have any chance of saving the abscessed tooth you currently have. Call Dr. Cohan, our dentist in Summerlin, as soon as you notice the first symptoms of this condition so that he can determine whether or not you do, in fact, have an infection and what kind of treatment you'll need to get it fixed.

Call the office of our Summerlin dentist right away if you feel you require an in-depth examination to check your teeth for any abnormalities. We are excited to finally put a face to your name.



Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.


851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160
851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160