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how long does a tooth abscess last

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Are : Are you being treated by a dentist or are you self medicating? The infection may never resolve without treatment, so it's tough to say how long you wi ... Read More
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
44 years experience Endodontics
Until treated: It takes 24-48 hrs until the antibiotic gets to the tissues and starts working to decrease swelling. However the abscess won't resolve until the tooth ... Read More
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Dr. Jonathan Richards
18 years experience Endodontics
Maybe never, but...: Tooth abscesses originate from dead/diseased tissue within the bad tooth, which leads to an infection in the surrounding supporting bone (abscess). A ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Smith
40 years experience Dentistry
It varies: A dental abscess can develop very rapidly but in other cases may take days to weeks to even years before an abscess is noticed. Regular dental exams ... Read More
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Dr. Leonard Tau
Specializes in Dentistry
Depends: Normally it can take months for an abscess to develop but it also depends on what caused the abscess in the first place. No matter what an abscess ne ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Soon: Assuming the abscess has been adequately drained, you are being treated with the appropriate antibiotics and there has not been extension of the infec ... Read More
Dr. Robert Eckelson
50 years experience Dentistry
Depends: If you are taking the appropriate antibiotic and/or you have removed the source of the infection, it should resolve quickly. If not treated it will ge ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Antibiotics: There is no one right answer. First the cause of the abscess needs to be addressed. Second, I hope you are not self prescribing. Dosage and regimen de ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debi Williams
26 years experience Dentistry
Depends : If untreated, the swelling can become worse - even life threatening. If you have been treated with a root canal or extraction, the swelling usually r ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Koos
21 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
If microorganisms: Susceptible to Amoxicillin therapy, then a few days usually. However, if the infection, which is usually a mixed infection (aerobes, anaerobes, gram ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Calvert
36 years experience Dentistry
Varies: I assume this antibiotic was prescribed by your dentist after an exam for this abscess. Antibiotics will calm down an infection but will not eliminate ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lyndon Taylor
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
38 years experience Dentistry
It varies: Unfortunately, there is no set answer on this. Everyone responds differently to the infection process. It is strongly advised to have this type of pro ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nishan Odabashian
30 years experience Endodontics
Depends: Depends on the size of the swelling. If it is of an appreciable size, you may need to have an incision & drainage commonly known as an i & d. Regardle ... Read More
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