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.