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Treatment of Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess is caused by a severe bacterial infection that penetrates deep into the tooth. This type of tooth decay can be very painful and unpleasant. Treatment for a tooth abscess begins with a visit to the endodontist.

An endodontist is a dentist that specializes in tooth abscesses. The treatment process for tooth decay requires multiple steps. The first thing that must be done is to eliminate the abscess itself. Because an abscess is caused by an infection, it will only continue to spread until the dentist has gotten rid of it. Our dentist in Torrance usually recommends a root canal treatment to drain the tooth of the infection. A root canal treatment is designed to save the tooth from being extracted however if your abscess is very severe, an extraction may be required to completely remove the infected tooth.

The infection must also be treated with an antibiotic regimen. The antibiotics will work in conjunction with the root canal treatment to combat the bacteria that is trying to take over. Even if the tooth is extracted, some of the infection causing bacteria will remain, meaning an antibiotic course will still be required.

If you are in great pain, you may need to have to your tooth abscess treated immediately by our dentist. If this is the case with your tooth abscess, we can help with your dental emergency in Torrance. Our emergency dentists remain on call to help patients whose dental care needs cannot wait.

Once the abscessed tooth has been treated, our dentist will want to eliminate the cause of the abscess to prevent its return. This can mean recommending better dental hygiene or scheduling a periodontal treatment to get rid of any gum disease you may have.

If you have an abscessed tooth that is causing you great pain, call today to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Torrance.

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