Abscess In Dental Care

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An abscess is a pus filled pocket or blister within the skin that may be caused by a number of different reasons such as; a sebaceous gland or sweat gland becomes obstructed, a hair follicle or a group of hair follicles becomes inflamed, or minor breaks and punctures in the skin allow bacteria to invade causing redness, warmth, pain, inflammation, and pus formation. This disturbance of the skin is no stranger to history as there have been documented cases of abscesses from before the Roman era to the onset of the industrial age and through to the present. When an abscess becomes filled with infected pus the only solution is to drain the site of all infection and to clean the site with antimicrobial substances to ensure the infection does not …show more content…
Though the symptoms will only manifest as a toothache, it’s only a matter of time before the infection spreads to the bloodstream setting off severe sepsis leading to death. Poor dental care has always been a critical issue, even in our modern world, and though abscesses can be treated, many go without treatment as many people do not understand that a simple toothache could have extremely destructive results.
An abscess is described as a lesion containing plus caused by an infection, usually bacterial. An incision and drainage (I&D) of an abscess is a procedure to cut the skin in order to remove (drain) pus from the abscess deep in the soft tissue. There are always risks when cutting the skin, such as a secondary infection if the site is not properly cleaned before and after the procedure, refilling of the abscess with infected pus if not all of the infection was drained, or the correct antibiotics were not taken as directed. Other risks include pain, excessive bleeding, tissue death due to compromised blood flow in affected area, and scar formation.
An I&D is performed by a licensed physician who has been trained to
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The role of the medical assistant is to assist the physician in patient preparation, during the procedure, recovery from the procedure, and thoroughly cleaning the room post-op to prepare for the next patient. To prepare a procedure room for an I&D, the MA must set up the surgical tray, prepare the room, bring the patient back and get all necessary information such as medications and allergies. The MA will then assist the patient with gowning and draping and also help the patient into the proper position for the procedure. During the procedure the MA will assist by handing the physician instruments and supplies and applying post-procedure dressings as needed. Post op, the MA will be helping the patient get dressed and prepared to leave, give the patient prescription orders and post procedure instructions, educate the patient about warning signs for the incision site and when to call the doctor or go to the hospital.
Once the patient has left it is the MA’s responsibility to clean up the room by disposing of any contaminated supplies into a biohazard container, prepare used instruments for the autoclave, prepare and begin the autoclave, then finally to clean and disinfect the

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