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Oral and dental cysts differ from an abscess infection. An abscess is an acute infection that often results from untreated tooth decay. An oral cyst is typically slow to develop and it might not even involve an immediate infection. The size, severity and discomfort caused by an oral cyst will determine the course of treatment Dr. Will Allen advocates.

With early diagnosis, a minor oral cyst might be treatable with a course of prescription antibiotics, which might also include the use of anti-inflammatory medication. A large oral cyst that causes pressure and discomfort or has infection complications might require oral surgery intervention.

This can often be performed at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in a single outpatient appointment. A small oral cyst near the gumline or other minimally invasive location might only require your surgeon to numb the local area with Novocain before excising it. If you have a cyst that is deep in the gums, your surgeon might recommend full sedation to maintain your comfort during the treatment.

If you need to be fully sedated, you will still feel some postoperative sedative effect. This will require you to be driven home by a friend or family member.

After the extraction, your surgeon might recommend a course of prescription antibiotics or anti-inflammatory or pain management medication.

If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, and you are experiencing discomfort in your gums, you should call 502-587-7874 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.