Treatment for a dental abscess focuses on eliminating the infection, preserving the tooth, and preventing complications. Here are some common treatment methods:

  1. Draining the abscess: The dentist may cut open the abscess and drain the pus to relieve pressure and reduce pain.
  2. Root canal treatment: This procedure can help save your tooth by drilling into it, removing the diseased central tissue (pulp) and draining the abscess. The cavity is then filled and the tooth is sealed.
  3. Tooth extraction: In some cases, the tooth may need to be removed, especially if it’s severely damaged.
  4. Antibiotics: If the infection is limited to the abscessed area, you might not need antibiotics. But if the infection has spread to nearby teeth, your jaw or other areas, your dentist will likely prescribe antibiotics to stop it from spreading further.
  5. Over-the-counter pain relievers: Non-prescription pain relievers may be recommended to reduce discomfort and inflammation.
  6. Rinsing with warm salt water: This can help soothe a sore mouth and might speed healing.

It’s important to follow up with your dentist after treatment to ensure that the infection is completely gone, and to prevent further problems.