What is the treatment for a dental abscess? Our emergency dentist at Dental Beauty Southgate answers

It can happen to anyone; there you are, going about your day when you notice a bruised, burning or aching sensation under one of your teeth. As the day progresses, it worsens to a point where you can’t eat or sleep. By this time, it’s time to call our team as you probably have an abscess! Commonplace in dentistry, abscesses can cause havoc and be extremely uncomfortable, so once you suspect that you have one, you need to seek professional help.

When you come to Dental Beauty Southgate to see our emergency dentist in Southgate with an infection or abscess, they will perform a standard set of procedures to ensure that the abscess is controlled, healing and most importantly, that it never comes back. And with our compassionate and non-judgemental staff, you can rest assured that the infection will be treated quickly, allowing you to go about your day as planned. Perfect!

So, what steps does our emergency dentist in Southgate take in relation to dental abscesses? Read on to find out!


Our emergency dentist in Southgate will examine the infected tooth and swellings to assess the severity of the abscess. Once we have determined the underlying cause of the infection, we will discuss a treatment plan with you, so you know what your options are and what you can expect.


OK, with infections and abscesses, the first step that our team will usually take involves medication to control the infection. This will usually be an antibiotic, but if you have allergies to antibiotics, talk to our team.

While it is tempting to forego any further procedure once you start to feel better, you must come back to our surgery for any follow-up treatment surrounding an infected tooth, or it will recur and potentially be worse! Yikes!

Root canal

A root canal is a process whereby our team drills into the pulp of the tooth and removes the infection manually. This option is only considered if the tooth is healthy enough to be saved.

Once we have removed the infected debris, we will top the canal off with either a crown or filling to prevent an infection from recurring.


Should the tooth be rotten beyond saving, then our team will perform an extraction.

Once the tooth has been removed, we will clean the surrounding site and will aim to remove the infected debris from the pulp.

After this stage is complete, we will usually sew the gums up to prevent secondary complications like dry socket from occurring.


Once you have had a dental infection and are recovering, you may need to come back into the surgery a few times for our team to check that it is healing. You may also need to see your doctor if it was a very complex abscess.

Be sure to attend these appointments, especially if you had a root canal performed but your root was misshapen or curved, as these roots have the highest failure rates in relation to endodontics.

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