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Canton, GA
A 30-year-old male asked:

One of my teeth has got the side of my face swollen to about the size of a softball! lost my job so no ins and little money. can this b dangrous to me?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
ABSOLUTELY: It sounds like an abscess of/around a tooth. Unfortunately, this can progress and cause serious harm if not treated. If it doesn't immediately improve with warm compresses and anti-inflammatory medication (go for tylenol (acetaminophen) unless you have a health reason not to), get to an er. If financial concerns are heavy, aim for the local public health center or county/city medical center. Do not ignore this.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 10 years experience
Sure: That sounds like you have a very badly abscessed tooth that made your checks swell, that abscess can spread to other areas in the surrounding region. You need treatment and medications asap . See a dentist do oral surgeon ..
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Go to an ER! This can become very dangerous if the infection spreads to your eye or your brain. They can work out a payment plan with you so don't wait!
Dec 14, 2013
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Yes. VERY dangerous: See a dentist or oral surgeon, or go now to a hospital emergency room. This is a severe infection that must be immediately addressed.

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