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What Happens To Tooth Abscess After Extraction?

Posted: Apr, 30, 2024

Spotting a pimple on your gums can be alarming. These protrusion may be filled with fluid such as pus due to decayed or infected teeth. Usually, dentists may cut and drain the abscess, but may also just perform tooth extraction without it. What happens to the abscess after tooth extraction? 

Abscess After Tooth Extraction 

The life of an abscess after tooth extraction depends on the type, severity, and post-extraction care. It is well understood that the removal of an infected tooth eliminates the source of the abscess. This allows your body to naturally drain the pus and fight off remaining bacteria, leading to gradual shrinkage and disappearance of the pimple on the gums. 

However, there are factors such as the type of abscess, infection severity, etc. that influence the final result. Periapical abscesses form at the tip of the tooth's root, often due to untreated tooth decay or trauma. They are effectively treated by removing the tooth to allow drainage and healing. 

On the other hand, periodontal abscesses develop alongside the tooth root within the gum tissues and generally respond well to extraction and good oral hygiene. While gingival abscesses that look like pimples on gums, require immediate attention to prevent complications. 

Why Do Dentists Recommend Getting Extraction For An Abscess?

Tooth extraction is often the best route when a tooth is extensively damaged or infected beyond repair. Extraction eliminates the infected tooth, relieving pain and preventing the spread of infection to other parts of the mouth. 

However, one cannot take tooth extraction as an absolute solution for an abscess. The surrounding infection needs to be addressed that will help prevent the abscess from staying on after the extraction. 

Additionally, patients are often prescribed antibiotics to combat any remaining infection, with strict adherence to oral hygiene practices.

Is It Normal To Get Tooth Abscess After Extraction? 

Reinfection of the abscess is a risk. This occurs when the extraction site is not properly cared for, which lets the bacteria re-enter and cause another infection. 

Other Complications 

  1. Dry Socket

It is a potential complication that may occur due to abscess formation after tooth extraction. A dry socket occurs when the blood clot dislodges before the extraction wound has healed. This leaves the bone and nerves exposed. They are excruciatingly painful and can delay the healing process. 

  1. Nerve Damage

Nerve damage is a rare but serious complication. It occurs when the nerves surrounding the extraction site are damaged during the procedure. In such a case, numbness, tingling, or pain in the mouth or face is seen that may be temporary or permanent.

Closing Note 

If you can spot any unusual symptoms, such as persistent pain, swelling, bleeding, or pimples/bumps on your gums, do not wait to contact a professional for help. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications and ensure a smooth recovery. You can get in touch with our specialist, Dr. Ram Nallapaneni, DDS, from the University of Illinois, Chicago, a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), at Riverside Family Dental for help and treatments we have to offer you. Give us a call at (586) 468-0983 to schedule an appointment.

Dr Nallapaneni

Dr. Nallapaneni

Dr. Nallapaneni, a Clinton Township dentist, prioritizes skilled, compassionate care. With a DDS from the University of Illinois at Chicago, he's committed to ongoing education, staying updated with advancements in dentistry for personalized patient treatment. He is actively involved with the Macomb Dental Society, Michigan Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Dental Association.

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