A tooth abscess is a pocket of infected material resulting from an infection in the center of the tooth. Tooth decay is often the main culprit of a tooth abscess.original ultrasound probeoriginal ultrasound probeTooth decay causes openings in tooth enamel,allowing harmful bacteria, dead tissue and white blood cells, often referred to as pus, to enter the center of the tooth. Antibiotics often are enough to destroy the bacteria and allow the abscess to heal. The infection will often continue to grow until the bacteria enters the bloodstream. A person may feel that his heart is racing and exhibit rapid shallow breathing. Dentists will prescribe antibiotics and over the counter pain relievers. In some cases, a dentist may prescribe a prescription pain reliever if the infection is severe. Warm salt water rinses may also help with pain. A dentist may recommend a root canal if the person wishes to keep the tooth.Shimadzu VA57R 0375UPeople with sepsis are commonly treated in the intensive care unit, or ICU, of the hospital and started on intravenous broad spectrum antibiotics, according to The National Institutes of Health.
A broad spectrum antibiotic treats a wide variety of bacteria. Physicians use these antibiotics so that a person can receive immediate treatment while the lab runs blood tests to determine the specific bacteria causing the infection. These tests can take up to three days for results. After the laboratory determines the specific bacteria, physicians will give intravenous antibiotics that to specifically target the exact bacteria. Physicians may also include oxygen, fluids and medications to increase blood pressure in a patient's treatment.