You may have a dental abscess if you notice an unusual lump in your mouth, particularly if you are running a fever. An abscess is a protected, walled pocket filled with infectious pus. It can be difficult to treat from the outside because of the wall surrounding the fluid. That is where a professional dentist like Dr. Cole Sutak at Lone Star Smiles in Lubbock, Texas, can help you.
Before treating the abscess, Dr. Sutak will take a close look at your mouth so that he can inform you and ensure you understand all the dental care options available. The dentist may also measure the abscess to ensure he understands exactly how much material must be removed.
The best way to treat a dental abscess is to make an incision in the abscess wall before draining the fluid. The goal is to remove all of the fluid to prevent the abscess from recurring. The dentist will use local anesthesia during the procedure to limit any discomfort and to make the process gentle.
After removing the abscess, the dentist will look closely at the tooth to see if it can be saved. There are some situations where the dentist might be able to close the pocket immediately after draining the fluid. In other cases, the dentist may recommend a root canal for infected tooth pulp removal. If the tooth has suffered severe damage, then a tooth removal might be necessary. The dentist will discuss all of your options with you before deciding what to do next. Your oral health is the top priority.
A dental abscess can be a serious problem, but an experienced dentist like Dr. Cole Sutak can address the issue comprehensively. At Lone Star Smiles, Dr. Sutak would be happy to talk to you about your dental care options, so give us a call today to make an appointment at (806) 776-4299.
Dr. Cole Sutak and his dedicated team at Lone Star Smiles are committed to providing quality dental care for patients in Lubbock, TX, and nearby communities. Dr. Sutak has specialized in full-mouth smile makeovers, implants, and more; and his primary goal is to help all his patients have the smile of their dreams.
Dr. Sutak received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University in Arizona, and he continues expanding his knowledge in emerging treatments and technologies. Dr. Sutak is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Spear Education.