Abscess should have to be treated immediately, especially when it interferes with how the dog eats. Immediate treatment is also necessary to keep infection from going systemic.
What is a Dental Abscess in Dogs?
- It is a pocket of blood and pus that can occur in an infected tooth
- Often it will happen to a non-viable tooth or one that no longer has a valid root
- The abscess is usually located on the lower end of the teeth, right where the gums meet the mucosa of the teeth.
- If not treated, the infection can get into the jaw. It can also cause a systemic condition.
- An untreated abscess can also lead to further tooth loss or problems with the eyes.
Symptoms of Abscessed Tooth in Dogs
- Swelling nose
- Frequent scratching of the nose
- Swollen part of the face directly over the affected face
- Observable or palpable pocket, which may be soft or hard to the touch
- Bad breath
- Discolored teeth
- Anorexia – The dog may stop eating because of the pain in chewing or swallowing
The condition may also lead to the presence of a retrobulbar abscess or an abscess that happens behind the eyes.
Treatment for Tooth Abscess in Canines
There are generally two treatments done for a canine tooth abscess.
- Tooth Extraction – This is done by cutting the tooth in half and removing it. The surrounding infected area is removed too in order to prevent recurrent infection.
- Root Canal Surgery – This is done to help preserve the tooth.
Both of the above treatments will require the dog to have the following:
- Antibacterial therapy – Long term antibacterial therapy may be needed to keep the infection from spreading.
- Cage Rest
- Fluid Therapy
- Nutritional therapy – given to dogs that have anorexia because of the pain.