Different treatments a dentist uses to treat mouth infections include incision, a root canal, pulling teeth or antibiotics, states Mayo Clinic. Other antifungal medications help in treating oral thrush, states WebMD.
A dentist may choose incision to treat a tooth abscess, which entails cutting open the abscess and draining the pus out, then rinsing the area with salt water, states Mayo Clinic. When an infection is in a tooth, dentists often choose to perform a root canal. The dentist performing the root canal drills a hole into the tooth and removes the nerve from underneath the tooth, then cleans and seals the tooth, states WebMD. If bacteria is growing in the root canal, where the nerve is, it can cause an infection or deteriorate into an abscess.
Sometimes for severe infections a dentist pulls the infected tooth which gives him access to treat the infection, by draining the pus in the case of an abscess, states Mayo Clinic. Thrush is another oral infection caused by a fungus. Dentists usually prescribe antifungal medications to treat thrush and often recommend seeking the advice of a medical doctor if there are other health problems that are causing the fungal infection, states WebMD. Practicing good dental hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly help prevent most mouth infections.