Do you think that it might be better to extract them?
Certainly not! Your condition isn't that severe.
Also, I'm sure that your teeth can be saved for many years if you have proper treatment.
Thank you, Doctor. I hope that you can begin my treatment soon.
There's a patient in the waiting room, Doctor.
She said that she has pain and swelling around an upper tooth.
I'm busy right now, but I can see her in about 15 minutes.
Take a stat X-ray of the painful tooth, and have it ready for me when I examine her.
Hello, I'm Doctor Smith.
Hello, Doctor. This tooth has bothered me for the last two days.
You have a gum abscess (periodontal abscess).
Am I going to lose my tooth?
Probably not. I think I should try to save it. I'm sure that the tooth can be treated successfully.
What will you have to do?
First, I'll give you a local anesthetic to make you comfortable.
Then I'll reshape the tooth to reduce the length of it a little bit.
That will help to relieve the pressure on the tooth and reduce the pain.
Less biting pressure will also help it heal faster.
I've notice that the tooth is loose.
After the infection is healed, the tooth will become firmer (tighter).
I'll make a small, quick incision in the gum to drain the infection.
Don't worry, it won't take me a long time and it won't hurt.