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can i pop a dental abscess? i think i have a dental abscess. it's soft and squishy. it doesn't really hurt but it's annoying. already had the tooth drained or whatever dentists do. can i pop it if i use a sterile needle?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
If : If your infection has been treated and then the abcess has returned, you need to go back to the dentist who is treating you so that he/she can evaluate your condition. It is possible that you need additional antibiotics to clear up your infection and allow your dentist to treat your problematic tooth.
Dr. Minh Nguyen
Dentistry 23 years experience
You : You can pop it to relieve pressure of infection and combine with antibiotics to treat the infection for short term, but you still need to see dentist to find out the cause of infection and treat the root of it.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
ONLY IF: You are a dentist. In unskilled hands you might do more harm than good. Instead, i would urge you to see a dentist asap, as an infection any place in your body is not something to fool around with. People have had extremely serious complications, or even death, from untreated dental infections.
Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Cosmetic Dentistry 49 years experience
NO! : No! very simply, the chance of you doing any good by "popping" the abcess is far outweighed by the possibility of you doing damage. The fact that it has been drained and still fills up indicates that the source of the infection has not been resolved and your active infection needs immediate attention by you dentist. Put down the needle and pick up the telephone!
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
See a dentist: You have an infection. It needs to be treated. Popping can relieve some of the pressure that you feel but it will not cure the infection. Please see a dentist and get this treated. Without treatment things will progress and get worse. You may not have so much pain because there can be drainage, but the infection is still there. It can effect the rest of your body.
Dr. Robert Stachler
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
You have a periapical abscess that needs drained and likely a root canal to save the tooth.
Oct 17, 2013
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
The two most common types of dental abscesses are of periapical and periodontal origin and require totally different types of treatment. There are also perio-endo infections. Only a dentist who examines you can determine what you have and what treatment is indicated.
Oct 17, 2013

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