Dental Abscess Incision & Drainage Post-Op Instructions

What causes a dental abscess?

A dental abscess is an infection in or around a tooth, which is caused by bacteria. Bacteria typically enter the tooth due to a decay, or a cavity; although, bacteria may also enter the tooth through a crack or chip in the tooth, a cut in the gum, or food stuck below the gumline.

After you go home from Dental Care 24/7…

  • Avoid chewing and eating until the numbness has worn off completely.
  • Eat soft foods as directed. Soft foods may cause less pain. Examples include applesauce, yogurt, and cooked pasta.
  • Rinse your mouth 2 times a day with saltwater. This will help keep the area clean and help the tissue heal.
  • Gently brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush. This will help keep the area clean.
  • Apply a warm compress to your tooth or gum. Use a cloth or gauze soaked in warm water. Remove the compress in 10 minutes or when it becomes cool. Repeat 3 times a day.

Call Dental Care 24/7 if you experience the following…

  • Your symptoms get worse, even after treatment.
  • Your mouth is bleeding.
  • You cannot eat or drink because of pain or swelling.
  • Your abscess returns.
  • You have an injury that causes a crack in your tooth.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

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