Treating Your Oral Abscess with PRP

If you’ve ever dealt with an oral abscess, you’re probably familiar with the pain these infections can cause. Many patients report a severe, persistent, throbbing toothache, among other symptoms. For some, the traditional treatments for an oral abscess may seem even scarier than the infection itself. Dentists typically treat oral abscesses with a root canal, tooth extraction, or gum incision, followed by a long recovery period.

At this time, the three treatments listed above are still the most effective means of treating an oral abscess. With PRP therapy, however, you may be able to recover more quickly and with less pain. Learn how this innovative dental option could help improve your oral health.

Are you dealing with an oral abscess or severe toothache? Come see the team at Smiles N Braces Family Dental in Danville, California. We’re a full-service dental practice offering cosmetic dentistry, implants, orthodontics, veneers, and sedation dentistry. Dr. Reshma Nazir has over 25 years of experience providing the highest level of care to patients of all ages. You can rest easy knowing she’s a member in good standing of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Contra Costa County Dental Association.

What is an oral abscess?

An oral abscess, also known as a tooth abscess or dental abscess, is a buildup of pus that forms inside the teeth, in the gums, or in the bone that holds the teeth in place. Abscesses are typically caused by bacteria, which build up in the plaque on your teeth. Plaque that isn’t removed by regular brushing and flossing can spread. The infection typically enters the body in one of the following ways:

Types of abscesses

There are two types of abscesses — periapical, which forms at the tip of the tooth root, and periodontal, which occurs in the gums next to the tooth root. Periodontal abscesses may also spread to the surrounding tissue and jawbone if left untreated.

Symptoms of an oral abscess

As mentioned above, the most common symptom of an oral abscess is a throbbing toothache that begins suddenly and doesn’t go away. Other symptoms include:

An untreated abscess may eventually reach the bloodstream and could cause life-threatening sepsis.

What is PRP therapy?

Essentially, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses your own blood to help you heal. Platelets are a key component of your blood and do a lot of work as your blood circulates through your body. In addition to supporting clotting to seal a wound, platelets also help your body repair and strengthen damaged tissue.

 As an oral health application, Dr. Nazir uses PRP to achieve faster healing times after your abscess is operated on; it may also reduce the risk of infection by sealing the wound in less time.

Your PRP treatment

After determining that you’re a good candidate for PRP therapy, Dr. Nazir takes a small sample of your blood. The sample is placed in a centrifuge that separates the platelet-rich components of your blood from the rest. She then uses this concentrated plasma to treat the abscess.

Just because you have an oral abscess doesn’t mean you need to deal with pain and long healing times. The team at Smiles N Braces Family Dental can use PRP therapy to help. Call our Danville office today or book your appointment online.

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