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how do i get the swelling of tooth abscess to go down?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Abcess: An abcessed tooth needs to be treated with a root canal. Antibiotics will reduce the swelling temporarily, but if the tooth is not treated, the swelling will return.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
Treat it!: A tooth abscess is due to an infected pulp inside the tooth. The toxic products filter through the end of the root. The immune system tries to wall this off, and this is the abscess. It hurts when it becomes filled w fluid or pus. This is called acute phase. The treatment is root canal therapy or extraction. Antibiotics are also used in conjunction w above treatment.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Sorry: There's no home repair kit available on amazon. An abscess is an infected tooth with bacteria spilling out into the surrounding tissues. The only treatments are root canal or extraction. Antibiotics may help control (but not cure) the infection. Analgesics, salt water rinses, and cold compresses may help control (but not cure) the swelling. See your dentist asap before it gets worse.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long until my swelling froma tooth abscess recedes?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Soon: Assuming the abscess has been adequately drained, you are being treated with the appropriate antibiotics and there has not been extension of the infection to other areas of the mouth the swelling should resolve over several days, hot packs may help. Not very different than swelling of your ankle from a sprain. Takes time to heal.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I the swelling of tooth abscess down?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
When the cause of: Swelling go away(infection) the sewlling go away.That happen with treatment.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long can it take for my swelling from tooth abscess recedes?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Debi Williams
Dentistry 26 years experience
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 resolves within 48 hours. If you are still swollen after this time, or in pain contact your dentist.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

Does tooth abscess cause a lot of swelling or a just a bit?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Maybe even none: Sometimes the abscess is subclinical... we can see it on a radiograph, but the patient has no outward signs. Really does not matter if it is a little or a lot of swelling. It needs to be treated.

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