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How do you tell the difference between a wisdom tooth or dental abscess

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
See dentist: This is not a distinction you should try to make yourself. In either case it will require intervention and a good professional opinion is in order.

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
X-ray: Have your dentist take an x-ray to see what is going on under the gums inside the bone.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
36 years experience Dentistry
See your dentist: Your dentist will be able to help you determine the source of your pain. He/she will need to take some xrays, and do an examination. Then the two of ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
No: First, it's extremely unlikely that a tooth abscess can cause pain in an armpit. As a matter of fact I have never heard or seen that in over 40 years ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
No: First, it's extremely unlikely that a tooth abscess can cause pain in an armpit. As a matter of fact I have never heard or seen that in over 40 y ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ajay Dhankhar
17 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
It Will heal: Just keep the extraction wound clean and take good care of your oral hygiene. It usually heals uneventfully.
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Tooth extraction: is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Pain and swelling following surgery is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery. Musc ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
50 years experience Periodontics
Sounds like abscess: It sounds like an early dental abscess. As the abscess gets larger it will hurt even when you don't press on the tooth. See your dentist. You may n ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
If : If your infection has been treated and then the abcess has returned, you need to go back to the dentist who is treating you so that he/she can evaluat ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Dr : Dr zweig gave you some good advice. Was the root canal started? You did not clarify in your post. The dead nerve tissue needs to be removed to help th ... Read More

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