Duration of the abscess in the lower jaw
An abscess can develop over several weeks and can persist for months without treatment. However, depending on the extent of the abscess, complications such as blood poisoning may occur in the course of the disease, so it is not advisable to wait until the abscess has progressed naturally. An abscess does not heal on its own.
There may be less or no pain in the meantime, but this does not mean that the abscess has disappeared in the lower jaw. Medical treatment is always necessary. An abscess in the lower jaw can develop at different speeds and last longer or shorter depending on how quickly it is treated. A recurrence, i.e. a recurrence of an abscess after successful treatment, is also possible.
Diagnosis of a lower jaw abscess
Abscesses are often already diagnosed by their appearance. This is especially possible if their location is relatively superficial. Imaging techniques can also be used for a more precise diagnosis.
With the help of this further diagnosis, the extent of the abscess can be well assessed. Important diagnostic tools are ultrasound and CT (computer tomography) or MRT (magnetic resonance imaging). .
Particularly in the lower jaw, it is easy to determine whether the abscess affects only the soft tissues or also the bone and how far it extends into the tissue. If necessary, additional smears can then be taken and laboratory chemical tests carried out. In the blood test, increased inflammation values are particularly noticeable.