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A dental fistula is a pathological connection or passage between the inside of the mouth and the jawbone or sinus. It is a type of oral and maxillofacial lesion that can develop as a result of dental infection, trauma, or other underlying medical conditions.

If you think you have a dental fistula, do not wait to seek dental help. Call Dison Family Dental today for an appointment.

What Is a Dental Fistula?

A dental fistula can present as a small bump or opening in the gums. It can cause drainage of pus or other materials from the affected area.

If left untreated, dental fistulas can lead to further oral health problems, including jawbone destruction, recurrent infections, and spread of infection to other parts of the body, which is why immediate treatment is recommended.

Dental Sinus Tract vs. Fistula

A dental sinus tract and a dental fistula are similar in that they both refer to a pathological connection or passage between the inside of the mouth and the jawbone or sinus. However, there are some differences between the two.

A dental sinus tract is a narrow, tubular channel that originates from a dental infection and extends from the inside of the mouth to the surface of the face or neck. It can be associated with discharge of pus or other materials, and it is usually painful or uncomfortable.

A dental fistula, on the other hand, is a more broad term that refers to any abnormal connection between the inside of the mouth and the jawbone or sinuses. A dental fistula can present as an opening or bump in the gums, and it may be associated with drainage of pus or other materials.

Natural Treatment for Dental Fistula

Traditional treatment options for dental fistulas typically involve antibiotics, drainage of the infected area, and removal of the source of the infection, but some natural treatments may be effective in certain cases.

Some natural remedies that may be helpful include the following:

  • Salt water rinse: Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water can help to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation associated with dental fistulas.
  • Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that can be helpful in managing infection.
  • Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide has antimicrobial properties and may be an effective option.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to reduce swelling and pain associated with dental fistulas.

Get Dental Fistula Treatment Now

It is important to note that natural remedies should not be used as a substitute for professional medical treatment for dental fistulas because infection can worsen or spread to other parts of the body. It’s imperative to seek help from a dental professional.

If you have a dental fistula, reach out to Dison Family Dental for an appointment. If treatment is needed, you can get personalized information about the best options for your circumstances.


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