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An untreated cavity can sometimes allow bacteria to access the pulp and other sensitive structures within a tooth. As this happens the tooth decay can continue to compromise the tooth and even cause a dangerous abscess to form in your gums.

Common symptoms of a problem like this might include a toothache, as well as pain and pressure in the gums. In a situation like this, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Jody W. Adams’s clinic in Brigham City, Utah.

With early diagnosis he might be able to treat a minor abscess with a root canal and prescription antibiotics. In a more serious case, Dr. Jody W. Adams might recommend extracting the tooth and excising the abscess. This will prevent the bacteria from crossing over to your bloodstream.

Dr. Jody W. Adams will likely prescribe a course of antibiotics and pain management medication to help eliminate any lingering infection and help maintain your comfort while your gums heal.

You can expect the incision site to bleed a little for a few days after the extraction. When this happens you can lightly bite down on a piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can lightly rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.

It’s best to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth while your gums are healing. You also shouldn’t drink through a straw as the suction could pull a blood clot loose.

Once your gums have completely healed Dr. Jody W. Adams can help you understand your dental restoration options. This often calls for installing a dental implant and dental crown into the remaining void or fitting you for a standard dental bridge.

If you live in the Brigham City, Utah, area and you are suffering with a toothache or severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling 435.723.6120 to have it diagnosed and treated at Smile 2 Heart Dental.