710 NW Juniper Street, Suite 101
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-4600
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Oleg A. Shvartsur, DDS
Nikole D. Shvartsur, DDS
Laurianne E. Sakai, DDS
(425) 392-4600   Request Appointment

ISSAQUAH, WA 98027

425.392.4600

Dental Abscess

 Dental abscess treatment at Issaquah Smiles in Issaquah, WA

When tooth decay infects the nerve of a tooth, it is called an abscess.  If the infection or abscess is not treated, it may spread to the bone or other teeth or become a life threatening bacterial infection. 

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, please contact our office immediately:

  • Pain in the tooth or jaw
  • Favoring one side to chew or not wanting to eat tough foods
  • Swollen areas of the gum, neck or jaw
  • A bubble or pimple on the gum near the infected tooth
  • Fever
  • Bad breath even if the child just brushed their teeth

Treating an abscess

If a baby tooth has abscessed, it is usually extracted since it will be replaced with a permanent tooth at some point.  A space maintainer may be used so the teeth on either side don’t drift into the extraction site, which could cause crowding around the erupting permanent tooth.

If it is a permanent tooth, the doctor will most likely perform a root canal to preserve the remaining tooth structure. Depending on the extent of the abscess, an antibiotic may be prescribed to prevent the infection from spreading.

Tooth Abscess Prevention

Preventing a dental abscess is as simple as maintaining a regular in-office dental exam and cleaning schedule and helping your child develop an excellent home care routine which includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day and limiting excess sugar (including fruit juices).