Dental Abscess In Dogs: Symptoms And Treatment Of Tooth Abscess

January 18, 2011 | Healthy Dog | Leave a Comment |

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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