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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the temporary treatment for a tooth abscess until i go to the dentist?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jayang Vora
Dentistry 48 years experience
None: If you have an abscess do not wait please see your nearest dentist asap. If turns to spread of abscess can be more serious.
Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
None: There is no temporary treatment for an abscessed tooth. An abscess is an infection of the jaw that must be treated with either extraction of the tooth or root canal of the tooth. Either of these procedures will "drain" the infection. Go to the dentist as soon as possible.
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 24 years experience
Antibiotics: The antibiotic may calm down the abscess for a short time, but it takes 48 hours for antibiotics to work. Depending upon the size of the access, antibiotics may not be effective until after the access is drained, tooth removed, or pulp tissue removed. Don't rely on antibiotics to "buy you time" a tooth abscess is serious. Missing a day of work now, may keep you from missing a week or two later.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What should I do about my tooth abscess temporarily until I go to the dentist tomorrow?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tyler Williams
Dentistry 11 years experience
Ibuprofen & Tylenol (acetaminophen): 600mg Ibuprofen with 1000mg tylenol (acetaminophen) every 8 hours and drink lots of water. This will make it easier for the dentist to get you numb and help reduce the swelling and inflammation.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long can a tooth abscess go without treatment?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 38 years experience
It varies: Unfortunately, there is no set answer on this. Everyone responds differently to the infection process. It is strongly advised to have this type of problem attended to as soon as you possibly can to prevent the infection from spreading and causing some serious illness.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the best treatment for a tooth abscess?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
See your dentist: The best treatment is an immediate visit with your dentist to determine the cause of the abscess and to have the appropriate treatment initiated before a more serious problem occurs.

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Last updated Jul 13, 2013

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