Covid19 - how it affects your dental treatment

OUR PRACTICE WILL REOPEN on the 4th May 2020.

The road ahead

We have always followed a world class infection control protocol at our practice. All our instruments are thoroughly washed and then placed in a cold sterile bath for the recommended period. Heat sterilisation is then carried out afterwards with a top of the range autoclave.

  • All staff will wear PPE at all times.
  • From now onward extra time will be allocated at the end of each appointment to allow for extra stringent infection control implementation.
  • Each staff member will be allocated a designated clinical zone which they are held responsible and accountable for.
  • There will be a designated area for patients to leave their personal belongings during treatment.
  • All communal areas ( door knobs , pay point etc. ) will be regularly disinfected.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all surgeries , reception area and bathroom. Please make use of these.
  • Unfortunately we will no longer be able to have magazines in the waiting room - please bring your own.

We would like to wish all our patients good health and peace during these trying times ahead.

From all the staff at Molteno Road Dental Practice.

We get a gum or gingival abscess when bacteria causes an infection in the space between the teeth and the gum.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition of the gums when plaque accumulates under the gums. There is a lack of attachment of the periodontal tissue and a periodontal pocket forms. When there is a build up of bacteria in this pocket, it leads to a gum abscess.

We often find that a weakened immune system can contribute to the formation of a gum abscess. Being stressed, tired or chronically ill all contributes to this.

A tooth with aperiapical abscess can also lead to the tissue around the tooth being swollen.

Symptoms include – Sensitivity too hot or cold

  • pain when chewing
  • tooth being loose / mobile
  • bad taste
  • fever


This not something that will just go away on its own or that you can treat at home. A periapical abscess can be diagnosed with a small X-ray and periodontal pocket detected during examination. A periodontal abscess is treated by cleaning the root surface of the accumulated bacteria with a scaler.  An abscess on the root tip is treated by doing a root canal procedure.

As with a lot of things in life , prevention is just so much better than cure . To attend regularly for you examinations and oral hygiene greatly prevents the chances of developing a dental abscess.