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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is done for tooth abscess pain?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
Root Canal: Or extraction are usually the two means of treating an abcess from the tooth. It the abcess is from the gums, than an ind is the treatment of choice with curattage.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Go to dentist: If you have an abscess, then you need to go to the dentist to get the situation resolved. That could be anything from given an antibiotic followed by a root canal (really not as bad as you've heard) or getting the bad tooth removed. Don't wait til it goes away it won't.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Several things...: These may include analgesics, antibiotics, and then definitive dental care. These abscesses are not something you should self-treat. These can become very serious. There is no home remedy to cure an abscess. I realize many want to save time and money and effort. However, an abscess is not something to handle on your own....
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
2 choices: When a tooth is abscessed, a dentist has two choices for treatment. After taking an x-ray and doing an exam, the dentist will explain what your particular option(s) are. The two options are extraction or a root canal to remove the infection. If you wait too long the only option may be to remove the tooth, in the meantime you can take any over the counter pain meds that you normally take.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What do you take to ease the pain of a tooth abscess ?

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Dr. Keith Grimm
Dentistry 25 years experience
Antibiotics: You need to see a dentist to have the abscess evaluated. Afterwards, the dentist will usually give you a prescription for antibiotics to control the infection. Once the infection is controlled, the pain will subside. The offending tooth will need to be treated to prevent the infection from returning, antibiotics are only a "temporary" fix and without definitive treatment, it will come back.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can a root canal stop the pain from a tooth abscess?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Remove Infection: When the nerve of the tooth gets infected, the dead nerve and blood vessel are removed from the canal in the root of the tooth (like taking a bad electrical wire out of a conduit). Then after the bacteria has been cleaned out, a special type of filling material is packed in this open canal to seal it from having bacteria seep in from the end of the root in the bone.

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