Drainage of Pus from a Dental Abscess

The following is a high quality video showing Dr. Nick Calcaterra draining pus and extracting an infected tooth. There is an absolute incredible level of clarity and detail in this video of this much needed oral surgical procedure.

When a tooth becomes infected, swelling can result, and pus can develop and accumulate. It can progress to the point where there is swelling seen on the face. In these cases, the pus needs to be drained, and then the tooth usually needs to be extracted. You will see this in the video, along with post-operative interview footage where our patient talks about his experience.

Some important notes about the video:

  1. In cases of acute dental infections – as seen in this video – it can be challenging to achieve profound local anesthesia. Or in other words, it can be tough to get you numb. This is because the pus changes your body chemistry locally and can basically “deactivate” the local anesthesia (a.k.a. novocaine). Although we did not include the administration of the local anesthesia in this video, Dr. Nick Calcaterra took extra steps to make sure the patient was numb.
  2. Although it is mentioned in the video, it is important to remember that dental infections like this – especially when there is extraoral swelling – can be life threatening. In our estimations, had this patient not sought treatment from us, he would have wound up in the hospital and would have required emergency surgery.

Our patient recovered nicely and is now a regular at our office. So it all came out to a happy ending!

appointment request with Dr. Nick CalcaterraWe certainly hope you’re not swollen and in pain like this guy was! Do you need a tooth extracted? Want to be seen by a dentist who can handle tough situations like this? Call us at (203) 799 – 2929 or visit this page to request an appointment.

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We are currently open for all types of dental care. You can call us (203) 799 - 2929 to make or reschedule an appointment. New patients continue to be welcome. As always, our office exceeds the requirements recommended by the CDC, OSHA, and CT Dept of Public Health.