Why won’t dentist remove tooth with abscess?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Dentists are typically very cautious when it comes to removing a tooth with an abscess. While it may seem like a simple and straightforward procedure, there are several reasons why dentists prefer not to immediately extract an infected tooth.

Firstly, when a tooth becomes infected, it often forms an abscess. This is a pocket of pus that develops at the root of the tooth. If the abscess is not properly drained or treated, the bacteria can spread to other areas of the mouth, causing further infections and complications. By draining the abscess first, dentists can help prevent the bacteria from spreading and causing more harm.

Secondly, removing a tooth with an active infection can be more challenging and potentially risky. The infection can weaken the surrounding tissues and bone, making it difficult to extract the tooth without causing additional damage. Dentists may prefer to first reduce the infection through other means, such as antibiotics or a root canal procedure, before attempting to remove the tooth.

Additionally, removing a tooth with an abscess too quickly can lead to complications during the healing process. The infected area may not heal properly or may take longer to heal, increasing the risk of post-operative infections or other issues. By addressing the infection before extraction, dentists can improve the chances of a successful and smooth recovery.

It’s important to note that each case is unique, and dentists will assess the individual circumstances before deciding on the best course of action. In some cases, immediate extraction may be necessary if the infection is severe or if there are other factors at play. However, in general, dentists prefer to prioritize reducing the infection and minimizing the risk of complications before proceeding with tooth extraction.

While a dentist is capable of removing an infected tooth, they typically prefer to drain the abscess or reduce the infection with antibiotics first. This approach helps prevent the spread of bacteria and reduces the risk of complications during and after the extraction. It’s always best to consult with a dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific situation.