Treating a Dental Abscess in Children at the Pediatric Dental Center

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At the Pediatric Dental Center in Northern Kentucky, we understand that dental issues can be particularly distressing for both children and their parents. One such concern is a dental abscess, a painful condition that requires prompt and effective treatment. In this blog, we will explore what a dental abscess is, its causes, symptoms, and the best treatment options available for children.

A dental abscess is an infection that occurs at the root of a tooth or between the tooth and gum. It is usually caused by severe tooth decay, trauma to the tooth, or gum disease. When bacteria enter the dental pulp (the innermost part of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels), an infection can develop, leading to the formation of pus and a painful abscess.

Children are particularly susceptible to dental abscesses due to poor oral hygiene, tooth trauma, untreated cavities, and a diet high in sugary foods and drinks. Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to the buildup of plaque and bacteria, causing tooth decay and gum infections. Accidents or injuries can crack or chip a tooth, allowing bacteria to infiltrate and cause an abscess. Cavities that are left untreated can penetrate deeper into the tooth, eventually causing an infection.

If your child is experiencing a severe, persistent, throbbing toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling in the face or cheek, swollen, tender lymph nodes under the jaw or in the neck, fever, a bad taste in the mouth or foul-smelling breath, or difficulty chewing or biting, they may have a dental abscess.

Prompt treatment is crucial to prevent the infection from spreading and to relieve your child’s pain. At the Pediatric Dental Center in Northern Kentucky, our team of experienced pediatric dentists will ensure your child receives the best care possible. We start with a thorough examination, including X-rays if necessary, to determine the extent of the infection and the best course of treatment. To relieve pain and remove the infection, we will drain the abscess. This may involve making a small incision in the gum or drilling into the tooth to allow the pus to escape.

To ensure the infection is completely eradicated, we may prescribe antibiotics. It’s essential to complete the full course of medication even if symptoms improve. Depending on the severity of the abscess, we may need to perform additional treatments such as a root canal to save the tooth, or in some cases, a tooth extraction if the tooth is beyond repair. We will provide guidance on managing your child’s pain during recovery, which may include over-the-counter pain relievers and instructions for proper oral hygiene.

Preventing dental abscesses involves maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Encourage your child to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Limit sugary snacks and drinks, and promote a healthy, balanced diet. Ensure your child wears a mouthguard during sports or activities that risk dental injury. Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to catch and address any issues early.

At the Pediatric Dental Center in Northern Kentucky, we are dedicated to ensuring your child’s dental health and comfort. If you suspect your child has a dental abscess, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment. Our compassionate team is here to provide the highest quality care and get your child back to smiling and feeling their best.

Contact the Pediatric Dental Center for expert care!

5495 N Bend Rd Ste 102
Burlington, Kentucky 41005

Phone: 859-334-1248

418 Cross Roads Blvd
Cold Spring, KY 41076
Phone: 859-898-2273