The goals of treatment are to cure the infection, save the tooth, and prevent complications. Antibiotics may be given to fight the infection. Warm salt water rinses may be soothing. Over-the-counter pain relievers may help to reduce pain and fever. A root canal may be recommended in an attempt to save the tooth. If there is a severe infection, the tooth may be removed or surgery may be needed to drain the abcess. Some people may be admitted to the hospital. Untreated abcesses may get worse and can lead to life threatening complications. Prompt treatment usually cures the infection. The tooth can usually be saved in many cases.
Dr. James L. Johnson