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A 44-year-old member asked:

how long can a tooth abscess go without treatment?

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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.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Varies: The only thing that is certain is that it will continue to get worse without treatment. Remember that this is an infection that is in your mouth , but can affect all different parts of your body. Once the infection gets in the blood stream, it can go many places. Best not to take a chance by waiting. Also, the longer you wait the harder it is to treat the infection and generally it is more painful.

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The gums above my two front teeth are swollen and I need them to go back to normal within 72 hours what do I do?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a dry socket post wisdom tooth removal to close?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Totally Close?: Could take a month or more to fully close but to have the pain go away could be from 4-14 days +/-. It really depends on the anatomy of the area after the surgery.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is using a toothpick bad for my teeth?

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
Depends: Toothpicks can be a valuable aid in removing plaque from teeth surfaces. If not used carefully, parts can break off and lodge between teeth or form splinters that stick into the gums.Repeated use can cause undesired spacing due toa orthodontic forces placed on the teeth.
A male asked:

I keep on getting sist tipe absesses in my groins.Its been cut out several times but keep on comming back at a different spot.?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Hidradenitis supp.: You may have a 'cystic skin disease' called hidradenitis suppurativa. It mainly attacks the groin and armpits. Recurrent cysts are the general rule. You should get seen by a dermatologist to get a diagnosis and get the proper treatment (e.g. Oral antibiotics, injections, excisions...) hope you are better soon!
A 32-year-old member asked:

Any experience with a peri-rectal abscess recovery?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: With the size and location of the abscess from a few days to 14 days and whether it was adequately drianed and whether there is an associated fistula. It definitely needs follow up if not resolved in a reasonable time.

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