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How long does a tooth abscess last

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lyndon Taylor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Go to your dentist: I'm not a denist, but it is never advisable to neglect your oral health. Abscesses in your mouth can shower bacteria to your heart causing endocardi... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
YES!: Just because you can't detect pus does not mean that the infection disappeared. And you can have a major acute flare up at any time. Chronic infecti... Read More
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Why are you waiting?: You are about four months late in making a dental appointment. The abscess will not resolve on its own. Please call a dentist for an appointment ASAP.... Read More

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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Whenever you want: Alcohol won't interfere with clindamycin or your abscess. You didn't need to avoid alcohol (in moderation) during treatment. Of course heavy drinking ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Richards
Dentistry - Endodontics 19 years experience
Symptoms: Pain - usually a dull ache that feels 'deeper' that the tooth. Although its worth mentioning many abscesses are painless. Swelling- usually localized... Read More
Dr. John Yu
Dr. John Yuanswered
Endodontics 17 years experience
Perio or endo: If the abscess is draining, usually you will have slightly raised gum and very little pain. However, if the abscess is not draining or if the fistula... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Very: Especially if you have things like diabetes or a poor immune system. We worry about bacteria from the tooth abscess getting into the bloodstream and ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Rare, but yes: Before antibiotics, a tooth abscess was one of the leading causes of death. Obviously antibiotics help in treating infections, but an abscess that bre... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Yes: But not likely. Spontaneous drainage and resolution is conceivable but the risk here is extremely high, and the benefits of waiting for this improbab... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: You should be concerned about an abscessed tooth because this is an infection. An untreated infection can cause pain, swelling and can effect your en... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
An abscess is a: Serious issue. Please seek prompt dental intervention if you believe you might have an abscess.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 40 years experience
See dentist: I would suggest seeing a dentist for an evaluation. An abscess if left untreated could be life threatening.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Dentist: You need to see a dentist asap. An acute abscess is an aggressive infection that requires dental treatment. Antibiotics will help short-term, but with... Read More
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