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What are Tooth Root Abcess?

Pet owners who may overlook proper care for their dogs' teeth could up the risks of pus developing in the cavity of their teeth. Purulent exudate (pus) near the gum line and excess tartar could lead to discomfort, extreme pain, bacteria spreading to vital organs and organ failure. The buildup of tartar, without cleaning teeth, can become so bad that the teeth may fall out when it is finally removed.

Apical abscess, or pus formations under or around the canine teeth, occur for a variety of reasons. Regardless of the reason, all abscesses are correlated to extreme pain. Do not take a wait and see approach as the bacteria can and will spread quickly causing serious medical conditions.

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Symptoms of Tooth Root Abcess in Dogs

Because dogs are usually a feisty bunch who bite, chew and grab at a variety of things, pet owners may easily dismiss a chipped tooth or bad breath as a dog being a dog. Don't. Some common symptoms of periodontal disease in relation to dogs include:

  • Drooling
  • Fractured tooth
  • Gingivitis (bleeding gums)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Inability to chew

Oral diseases can also occur if the dog does not lose its deciduous (puppy teeth) in exchange for its permanent teeth (28 teeth versus 42 teeth). While these teeth can be extracted, a veterinarian should be consulted to confirm whether this issue is due to genetics, trauma or something even as serious as a tumor.

Types

Other common types of periodontal disease that are commonly linked to visible pus buildup near a dog's mouth include:

  • Early Gingivitis (mild plaque buildup on teeth, mild redness around the gums)
  • Advanced Gingivitis (plaque below the gumline, higher amount of redness, and fluid in connective tissue aka edema)
  • Early Periodontitis (calculus below the gum line, along with bleeding gums, edema, gum recession or hyperplasia)
  • Established Periodontitis (higher amount of calculus below the gum line, along with bleeding gums, inflammation, gum recession, loose and/or missing teeth)

Causes of Tooth Root Abcess in Dogs

A dog's body will produce extra white blood cells as a blockade to the rest of the body after an infection occurs in the mouth. That enclosed area, known as an abscess, can be the result of:

  • Bacterial skin infections
  • Dog bites
  • Splinters (primarily from wood)
  • Wounds

Although other illnesses are a possibility for the pus-related illness in a dog's teeth, more often than not, the pet owner will find that keeping dogs from chewing foreign objects and keeping a dog's teeth clean are much easier ways to prevent tooth-related incidents.

Diagnosis of Tooth Root Abcess in Dogs

Bad-smelling discharge on teeth or a hard texture on top of teeth are telltale signs of oral disease that may lead to pus in the cavity of teeth. While there are options for pet owners to take from home to avoid the issue before it starts, seeing a veterinarian to find out the severity of the issue is highly recommended. The veterinarian will complete a pre-anesthetic blood testing exam to assess the dog's dental health.

Antibiotics (Antirobe, Cefa-Drops, Cefa-Tabs, Clavamox) may be suggested before the diagnosis, and anesthesia and monitoring during the dental exam will be suggested. The exam will entail the veterinarian checking to see if the pocket depth is healthy (two to three millimeters) by using a calibrated probe.

During the exam, the veterinarian will determine what Grade level the periodontal disease is.

  • Early Gingivitis (Grade 1)
  • Advanced Gingivitis (Grade 2)
  • Early Periodontitis (Grade 3)
  • Established Periodontitis (Grade 4)

Treatment of Tooth Root Abcess in Dogs

For a pet owner who is confident in dental care for dogs, there are diagnosis steps to take from home to avoid abscess from forming. A few suggestions are:

  • Applying a compress to the wounded area to prevent more white blood cells from forming along the infected area
  • Brushing the dog's teeth with a child's toothbrush or a pet toothbrush (While not suggested for a novice, a finger toothbrush using gauze and a cotton swab are additional options if the dog does not react well to a real toothbrush)
  • Getting rid of all dangerous or even potential items the dog may chew on, specifically with wood that may cause splinters
  • Stopping the dog from irritating the area by biting down on other objects or scratching the irritated area with its paws
  • Using salt water or antibacterial cream to keep the dog's mouth clean

Once the pus buildup has reached the point where a veterinary must get involved. Veterinarians will complete dental cleaning and polishing, remove tartar buildup on the teeth and gum lines by using handheld and ultrasonic scalers). Root planing, subgingival curettage, and tooth extraction may be possibilities for the worst case scenarios.

Recovery of Tooth Root Abcess in Dogs

Along with the veterinarian providing tips for the proper way to brush the dog's teeth, four to six-week checkups at minimum two to four times a year are helpful to keep tabs on the dog's tooth pockets.

Pet owners should avoid using toothpaste designed for humans because the cleaning ingredients in them may lead to vomiting and stomach upsets in dogs. Pet owners should query what would be the best veterinary pastes that would make brushing a dog's teeth less of a challenge.

There may be a learning curve similar to dog food about what the dog will actually like best, but either way, dog brushing should be done daily. Dangerous chew toys or wooden objects that can lead to splinters, infections, and tooth damage should be removed from the play area immediately.

Tooth Root Abcess Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Maya
Italian Greyhound
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen left side

Maya is an12 years old Italian greyhound . She is a healthy puppy but doesn't let me brush her teeth, therefore her teeth are not in great condition. She used to have dental every year but I stopped a year and a half ago because she almost didn't wake up from anesthesia. She woke up 2 days ago with a " bull terrier " face and a swollen left side. I gave her 1/4 Benadryl twice a day for 1 1/2 day just in case it was allergy or insect bite... the swelling got better then swollen again this morning . I took her to our vet who gave her antibiotics and anti inflammatory. She suggested Maya will need a surgery after taking the antibiotics. Maya doesn't seems in pain and have very good appetite.
Can the swelling have an other cause than a dental abcès?
Is the surgery unavoidable?
Thanks in advance for your answer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for a dental abscess which may include allergic reactions, abscesses among other causes; I understand your concerns regarding anaesthesia but should surgery be required your Veterinarian will be able to take steps to minimise the risks of anaesthesia using various techniques. Without examining Maya I cannot say whether or not surgery is required, but follow guidance from your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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JUPITER
Mixed
Maybe 5 or 6 years.
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

Hi, My dog had a swollen bump on his snout, which was diaognised as a cyst with a canine inclusion. Surgery was performed to open the cyst and clean it up. Unfortunately, the wound never really closed up and now he has infection with pus. I have been told that tooth exctraction is recommended to eliminate the problem. Can you please let me know if the surgical wound may not again close completely after the second surgery? Thank you very much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot say without examining Jupiter, but if there is an infection there would need to be debridement and cleaning of the area during the tooth removal to give two clean healthy surfaces for the wound to heal. There are many different factors which go into a wound healing; if the two sides of the wound are far away from each other, it may be that the wound remains open because it doesn’t have chance to heal and is constantly damaged by water and food etc… If you have concerns, have another Veterinarian examine the wound. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco
Mixed
6 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Coco had surgery last week and her tops was extracted and the abscess removed, she had her week of antibiotics,and was fine. Two weeks since Tue surgery, swelling is starting to come up again? Will it need to be refrained ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about which teeth were extracted and what type of abscess existed, I have a hard time commenting on what might be happening now or what treatment may need to be done. If she had an abscess at the root of her carnassial tooth, the tooth may need to be removed to clear the abscess up. Dental x-rays may need to performed. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to see what might be happening, and what can be done about it. I hope that Coco is okay.

Yes, it was the carnassial tooth she had removed and drained. I'll call my vet and see what he says. Thank you.

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Cracker
Labrador
6 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
bloody nose
Loss of Appetite

My dog has a lump under his left eye and quit eating. Took him to vet and was told it was a tooth abscess. The tooth was removed and my baby was better. Her resumed eating and was playful. He did still have bloody discharge from his nose. After a week went by he quit eating again and still lots of discharge. Back to the vet and had two more teeth removed. Again started eating for a week then stopped. He shakes or trembles all the time now.What is wrong and what can be done? Vet said nothing looked abnormal on xray and there's no more teeth to pull back there.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cracker I cannot give much of an insight, however was cracker given any antibiotics? It wasn’t mentioned in your question. At this point I would suggest visiting another Veterinarian for them to take a look at Cracker in case they spot something different; sometimes these cases take time to recover from but I am concerned that he seemingly gets better for the loss of appetite only to return. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shelby
Rottweiler
14-15 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth abscess formed 2 months after extraction

Found my beautiful girl today with blood fresh blood all down her front coming from mouth. Was very alarmed and discovered a rather large abscess in her mouth directly over a extraction she had under 2 months ago when she had a dental treatment. She had a smaller abscess over the gum in the same spot which was treated and had a 10 day course of antibiotics.
Today i discovered another one growing at the same spot but much lower where the tooth was extracted. Its quite large, over a inch/3cm. Manged to clean her up, used some salty water over the spot and applied some Kenalog, which is a human brand oralbase paste for mouth ulcers to help numb the area.
Why do these things have to occur on weekends when it will take near 2 days before i can goto the vet. Is there anything i can do in the interim because my local 24 hour clinic are incompetent dumbasses who will charge me thousands and probably make matters worse.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If something is going to happen, it will happen outside of business hours or worse on Christmas Day or New Years; never 10am Monday morning, whilst we would prefer not to happen at all. If the abscess doesn’t get worse and Shelby is still drinking it may wait until Monday with you just cleaning the area regularly, if the bleeding continues it may be best to visit the Emergency Veterinarian regardless of your feelings towards them just to get some antibiotics and to take a look at the mouth in general. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for advice Callum, appreciate you taking the time. I love my girl, she is so gentle and caring and it pains me to see her like this. And being stoic she does not complain, but fortunately she does drink water and eats her dinner. Bleeding had stopped for now but i worry because she finished a 10 day antibiotic course just 3 weeks ago. Her age does merit more complications and i wish they're was more i could do.

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Lola
Boxer
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi ! I noticed swelling on my boxer dogs snout- when I took a look at her mouth I found a dime sized, very red swollen abscess on her gum . No bleeding- but it looks painful ! She's still eating and drinking , but has been pawing it . Should I take her to the ER vet tomorrow (Sunday) or can it wait until Monday ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Lola is otherwise eating and drinking you can probably wait until Monday; give wet food to reduce any possible pain when eating if she normally eats kibbles. Your Veterinarian may recommend medical or surgical treatment options depending on their findings. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 9 year old Old English Bulldog was playing with her ball. The usual tug I throw than we repeat. Well her eye got extremely swolen and she wouldn’t eat and would yelp. We took her to the vet the vet said she had a bad tooth and put her on antibiotics to clear the infection before extraction. Day 2 she starts having seizures resulting in her passing on. Is this really a tooth issue?

A vet in our area just performed a tooth extraction but through the side of the dogs face. Is that normal? The dog went in for a check as it's cheek was slightly swollen then the vet behind closed doors put a needle int he spot where it was swollen and said no puss came out of the swelled spot. A day later the swollen area was five times the size. The first vet also said on the day prior that the dogs teeth were great shape. So when the lady took her dog in to check about the swelling after three days it hadn't gone down. The second vet said it was on account of a tooth that needed removal. Now the surgery went on that day and he extracted a tooth and left a hole in the side of the dogs face. Saying only to spray salt water on the face every few hours and gave a course of antibiotics. Now I'm wondering why a vet would do that type of surgery?????

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Chino
Italian Greyhound
12
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog has a lump under his eye that just started today. The vet is closed until Tuesday because of holiday is there anything I can do in the mean time he doesn't seem like in pain?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Chino doesn’t seem to be in pain, just keep an eye on him and ensure that it isn’t painful for him to eat his food; if eating kibbles is painful it would be best to move him across to wet food until you visit your Veterinarian. There isn’t really any type of home care I can recommend at this moment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog tooth came out today, how do I clean the open wound so it won't get infection, and food in the open gum

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Little Man
Maltese
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Swelling

Hi. My 5 year old "son" Little Man has swelling right below left eye. So much swelling his eye is almost closed and it's rather hard now. I made appointment with his Vet, but before his appointment, in 2 days, blood shot out in mass amount. He will not let me touch at all and almost wants to bite me. Do you think this can wait until his appointment or should be seen immediately? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Little Man should be seen immediately by his Veterinarian as this would be extremely painful and may cause him to be unable to eat as well as being at risk of a serious infection. Please do not wait two days for this appointment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Update to Little Man. He just got out of surgery. I did take your advice and rushed him to after hours. They were unable to perform surgery right away due to the swelling. I did go see my regular vet and he was given antibiotics and pain shot until swelling went down enough to perform surgery. His abscessed had ruptured, hence all the blood. It was a hefty bill, but so very much worth it. My vet said he could have died if I had waited any longer. Thank you for the advice. I hope everyone that has emergencies, take them in to be seen if at all possible. I'm fortunate my Vet allows me to pay half or most then rest in payments. I hope there are vets like this where you live. He's almost out of recovery and he did great. We also had a previous cyst removed while he was already asleep so he's a little angry at me now. Ha. Again, thank you for everything.

I am so sorry. I was able to stop the bleeding with warm compress but he hardly won't let me get near it, so I had to do it in intervals. I put him in sick and just sprayed the area with the sprayer a few times. It is a very scary situation for sure. I called our 24hr emergency vet clinic and they said to bring him in immediately. Not sure if they tell "everyone" that, or if I really need to take him in. Just to walk in the door at emergency clinic is $180. He seems to be doing ok, but I'm sure he's in pain. Still not sure what I should do.

I am going thru the same thing it is Saturday night and i don't know if it's ok to wait tillMonday

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Nina
Chihuahua
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Lymph Nodes

My dog has a swollen lump on the side of her face. It looks like on associated with a tooth abscess however she has none of the other symptoms. She is happy and playful, no loss of appetite and is giving no indication of pain, even when I touch her mouth or the lump.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs can be quite stoic at times and may not indicate any signs of pain or discomfort; the swelling itself maybe caused by an abscess, salivary cyst or allergic reaction; swelling around the lower jaw near the throat maybe due to lymph node enlargement or salivary gland disorders. You would need to take Nina to see her Veterinarian just to have a look and possibly take an x-ray if it is a tooth root abscess to see if there is any damage to the jaw bone itself or surrounding teeth; if you look in Nina’s mouth you maybe able to see damaged or discoloured teeth which would be an indicator of a tooth root abscess. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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