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what can i do for a tooth that is abscess.

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Abscessed tooth: you need to see a dentist and have the tooth treated with a root canal or an extraction. Antibiotics alone will not cure an abscessed tooth.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Abscessed tooth: A tooth that has an abscess (infected nerve) will not heal on it's own. The tooth will need a root canal treatment, or will have to be extracted. If you are in pain or have swelling, an antibiotic will help alleviate the symptoms. It will not heal the abscess. Make an appointment with your dentist. Do not wait too long to see a dentist, because the abscess will only get worse.
Dr. Edward Zuckerberg
Dentistry 43 years experience
Get immediate Care: Abscessed teeth can be a very dangerous health situation, not just a problem for the tooth. The proximity of the teeth to the sinus, as well as the closeness of the sinus to the brain has occasionally resulted in death from a tooth abscess spreading to the brain. An abscess is a bacterial infection and as such, it is possible to spread throughout the body.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Determine the cause: Once the cause of the abscess is determined, then proper treatment can begin. Is it periodontally related, or endodontically related? Either way you need a dentist to treat these conditions. Call for an appointment.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
See a dentist ASAP: The tooth infection won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your body. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. Do not delay. Good luck.

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How serious can a tooth abscess become?

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Very: Especially if you have things like diabetes or a poor immune system. We worry about bacteria from the tooth abscess getting into the bloodstream and causing worse problems. Please get it checked out!
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How could i drain a tooth abscess?

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Dr. TED FEDER answered
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Dentist/Oral Surgeon: Do you really want to do it yourself? Assuming the abscess is ready to drain, you need dependent drainage, ie where gravity will allow the pus to continue to drain out of the abscess. Open (incise) the abscess at this point and keep it open.
A 30-year-old male asked:

How do I know I have a tooth abscess?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Pain and swelling: Generally you will have pain and swelling around an abcessed tooth. This is an infection and it can get worse without treatment so see a dentist if you are concerned nap out an abcess.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What if my tooth abscess bursts?

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Periodontics 56 years experience
Thanks for asking!: If the abscess bursts you will be swallowing all the infection and pus with a chance it could spread. Please get treatment. There are cases of people dying from dental abscess as it travels to your brain.
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Should I be concerned about a tooth abscess?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Yes: You should be concerned about an abscessed tooth because this is an infection. An untreated infection can cause pain, swelling and can effect your entire body. See a dentist ASAP and get this tooth treated or extracted. Antibiotics alone will not cure this infection.

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