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A 18-year-old male asked:

can a doctor diagnosed an abscessed tooth or sinusitis . scared of the dentist and i've known my dr for 10+years so it will be easier to get in there?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
The type of x-rays: That doctors order do not zero in on a tooth with the detail that dental x-rays do. Even if your doctor were to correctly diagnose an abscessed tooth- antibiotics &pain meds alone are not a definitive treatment. This would require dental intervention. Sorry - dentists &physicians are not usually interchangable. Please work on your fear of dentists as it sounds like you need one now.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Sort of: Your pcp can note that you have a dental problem, but does not have the training, expertise, or equipment to treat it. Sinusitis falls under auspices of medical community for treatment, but abscessed teeth have to be treated by the dental community. Call your physician and ask for the name of the dentist that treats his family. Couldn't get a better recommendation than that.
Dr. Eric Linden
Specializes in Periodontics
Sometimes but...: If you have an infected tooth and it effects the sinuses, then a dental specialist could determine if the tooth is worth saving and in conjunction with your physician work out a treatment plan. Sometimes, it is a dental procedure that can get rid of the infection and all is stable. Other times, there is a concurrent sinus infection that needs to be dealt with as well.
Dr. Edward Zuckerberg
Dentistry 43 years experience
Only sinusitis: A Medical Doctor (M.D.) should be qualified to diagnose a sinusitis but not an abscessed tooth. They don't have the facility in their office to take a dental x-ray which is one of the main tools. Also they have very little training in diseases of the teeth and mouth.

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