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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.
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Dentistry 50 years experience
Warmth: If it is an infection, you want to reduce the pressure of the area with antibiotics. However, if the tooth has an opening to the mouth on the top of the tooth, gently cleaning the food debris from the area may allow the gases to escape and reduce the pressure. Warm compresses work also. Best bet, get an antibiotic and open the area. See your dentist!
Dr. Jonathan Richards
Endodontics 18 years experience
Seek treatment: Swelling due to a tooth abscess is usually present because there is a source causing the area to produce pus. There are three ways to reduce this production: 1)eliminate the source (root canal or extraction), 2)antibiotics, 3) incision and drainage. Only option 1 will actually treat the source so it will no t return. Options 2 & 3 produce temporary results.

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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 45-year-old member asked:

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

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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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

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.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

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

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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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