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A 31-year-old member asked:

my teeth are pretty messed up and i have an abscess too. embarassed to go see dentist?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry 45 years experience
That is what we do: We know that some people are afraid of seeing the dentist and let things go for a long time. Your dentist should be able to work with you so you can restore the health you deserve and need.
Dr. Mark Thebaut
Dentistry 40 years experience
It is vital for you to see a dentist soon, as a dental abscess is not something you want to ignore. It can affect your overall health, and in some cases can become life threatening if left untreated. Ask friends, co-workers or neighbors for recommendations on a dentist near you and make an appointment as soon as possible.
Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Tony Menendez
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Abcess emergency: An abcess is a dental emergency and should be treated asap to avoid further complications.
Dr. Raymond Traver
Dentistry 35 years experience
Dont be: Thsi is what we do. Don't be embarrassed. Be excited be the prospect of a great smile.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can i pop this abscess on top of my teeth?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Will not help: The abscess is being caused by and infection, probably due to periodontal disease or a non-vital nerve. No matter what you do externally, you need to see a dentist to treat it internally, before it becomes a major emergency. Please call for an appointment.
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Treatments for absess teeth until see dentist or doctor?

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Don't Wait!: An abscessed tooth can cause you to become very sick if you don't have it treated. It is imperative that you see a doctor to prescribe an antibiotic if you have an abscess in order to get the infection under control, possibly even before it can be treated.
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Gum recession and abscess on front teeth, what to do?

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Treatment: You need to be treated for the infection. It may be caused by periodontal disease, it may be from a non-vital nerve.. Can't tell over the internet. Please make an appointment with a local dentist.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Tooth abcess on my upper front teeth?

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Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Dentist: See your dentist as soon as possible. Apply warm compresses frequently to try and get the abscess to drain. If your dentist is not immediately available, see your MD or urgent clinic for antibiotics. You don't want the infection to spread. Practice good dental hygiene. All the best.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
I do not recommend using heat in the presence of a dental infection. It tends to spread the infection rather than result in drainage.
Mar 28, 2015
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dentistry 51 years experience
NEVER Hot compresses; this would draw an infection to the outside of the mouth (the face)...not a good idea (terrible advice).... Rather Hot soaks INSIDE the mouth with a pinch of salt to make it hypertonic would draw the infectin to drain inside the mouth along the least path of resistance.
Apr 21, 2015

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