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can i pop an abscess in my mouth

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
YES!: Not only can this happen, but it does happen. Infections can spread to other parts of your body and cause serious complications including death. Thi ... Read More
Dr. Ronald Achong
17 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Possible: An abscess can become very severe quickly. If the infection enters your blood stream it can affect the major organs of your body and you will be in ... Read More

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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
It won't help: Attempting to drain the abscess will not solve your problem.. the cause of the abscess will need to be addressed. Periodontal disease? Non-vital nerve ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Not recommended: The only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. The cause of the infection should be removed by your dentist to prevent future complic ... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Don't: An abscess is an infection. Simply popping it will not cure it, and may make it worse. If you had a brain infection, or a kidney infection, would yo ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Try our other forum: You posted your question on our free, public, informational forum... where diagnoses, medical advice, or medical care are not given. Try a private con ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Antibiotics: Keep on the antibiotics for sure. Try a warm water sitz bath and see if it will open with pressure. You want it to drain.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Will not help: The abscess is being caused by and infection, probably due to periodontal disease or a non-vital nerve. No matter what you do externally, you need to ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Don't do it: If you have a swelling in that locatio or otherwise have reason to believe you have an abscess in your throat, it would be a big mistake to attempt to ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Husam Bezreh
Specializes in Periodontics
No: It is not okay to have an abscess in your mouth to start with, let alone having it pop. The problem with it popping is that it does not hurt much, so ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
See a dentist: Their job is to determine the cause of your problem and to successfully treat the cause, thereby solving the problem. The mouth is a very confined p ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
45 years experience Dentistry
Yes, a Fistula: When a pulp within the tooth becomes infected it dissolves and the tooth acts like a thermometer. Every time you eat something hot, the infected mater ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Lockhart
8 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Always best to have a professional look at it if results of treatment are other than expected.
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