Dental Abscess In Dogs: Symptoms And Treatment Of Tooth Abscess

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.
  • Analgesia
  • Antipyretic

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