Caries and other similar disease can be a painful threat. It even can be a danger to life if not threatened over several months.
An abscess may result from a trapped piece of food, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, or even an infection deep inside a tooth that has spread to adjacent periodontal tissues. In any case, the condition can cause intense pain due to the pressure that builds up in the pus-filled sac. Prompt treatment is required to relieve the pain, keep the infection from spreading to other areas of the face (or even elsewhere in the body), and prevent tooth loss.
From Tom Hanks Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
If one is somewhere in the wild (in a survival situation over a long period of time) far away from medical help and gets an infection, how should he react? For example in the movie "Cast away" the stranded person (Robinson Crusoe like situation) uses a skid to pull his tooth out:
Note: Only watch the scene on Youtube if you've the stomach for it!
Is it even a good idea to remove an infected tooth?
If yes, what is the recommended way to do this? Would be awesome to use natural material only but common camping equipment is also okay. So, an ice skate as mentioned above isn't acceptable :)
If no, what else should one do (treatment with herbs etc.)?