Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dental Abscess Treatment

Treatment for a dental abscess includes warm compresses to the face, antibiotics, and warm saltwater gargles. In many cases, the pus must be drained from the abscess. This may require a minor procedure, called incision and drainage, to the tissue surrounding the tooth. For abscesses that form in the root of the tooth, a root canal or removal of the tooth may be required in order to treat the abscess.

Treatment for a dental abscess may include:

Dental Abscess Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat dental abscess:

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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