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A 30-year-old member asked:

are dental abscess treatments painful to get?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
No : Usually you'll feel better once the infection (abscess) has been treated.
Dr. James LoCascio
Endodontics 40 years experience
Dental abscess: If treated with antibiotics first, the actual treatment, root canal or extraction, should be able to be done relatively painlessly.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Not usually: Usually once the shots have numbed the entire area of concern, patients do not feel any pain. Some dentist may offer IV sedation for your comfort.

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Is it painful when they drain a dental abscess at the dentist office?

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What is done for tooth abscess pain?

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How do I ease the pain from a dental abscess?

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

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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.

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