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When tooth decay goes untreated, it can gradually penetrate the interior of a tooth. In a severe case, the bacteria can establish a presence in the gums through the infected root. As it progresses, this can form a dangerous infection known as an abscess.

Without treatment, this abscess can even spread to your bloodstream, resulting in significant medical complications. If the infection is minor, Dr. Seth Rush might be able to treat it with antibiotics or other minimally invasive treatment techniques.

If a significant abscess has formed, we might recommend a surgical extraction. This might also include a total extraction of the badly decayed tooth as well.

Most people choose to be deeply sedated for the oral surgery. Afterward, you will still feel some sedative effects, so you’ll need to arrange for a ride home from a friend or family member.

Postoperative care might include taking a course of antibiotics to eliminate any traces of infection and taking prescription painkillers to help manage any residual pain.

While your gums are healing, you will need to avoid chewing anything other than soft foods in that area of your mouth. When drinking a beverage, you should avoid using a straw as the suction could affect the incision site.

Any other special postoperative care instructions will be given to you by Dr. Seth Rush.

If you are concerned that a severely decayed tooth may have caused an infection in your gums, you should call 816-444-8822 to schedule a consultation at Dr. Seth Rush. Your dentist in Kansas City, Missouri, is happy to help you.