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If tooth decay goes too long without treatment, the bacteria can cause an infection to form within the pulp and root of the tooth. Over time, it can spread deep into the socket and gums, causing an abscess to form. Common symptoms include a toothache or radiating pain or pressure in the gums. In an extreme case, this could also occur in conjunction with a low-grade fever.

To treat a problem of this magnitude, your dentist, Dr. Behzad Abadi, may need to extract the decayed tooth and excise the abscess from your gums. This level of oral surgery may also require full sedation. Afterward, you’ll still feel some lingering effects of the sedative, so you’ll need someone to drive you home.

Dr. Behzad Abadi will suture your gums after the abscess and any infected tissues have been removed. Dr. Behzad Abadi might also prescribe a course of antibiotics to treat any lingering infection in your blood stream. This might also include pain medication to keep you comfortable while healing.

It’s natural for the incision in your gums to bleed a little for a few days after the extraction. You can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on some rolled-up sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you can lightly rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.

During the recovery process, you should avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth. You shouldn’t drink through a straw as the suction can pull blood clots loose.

If you are concerned that you have an abscess in Downey, California, you should call 562-372-4294 to seek diagnosis and treatment at Behzad Abadi DMD.