A 18-year-old female asked:
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can i pop my tooth abscess on my own it hurts really bad no way of getting to a dentist?

7 doctor answers
Dr. Rosemary Olivero
15 years experience Pediatric Infectious Disease
Dental intervention: Draining the abscess on your own may give temporary relief, but you may need the tooth removed, and you likely need a course of antibiotics. At the very least I would see a doctor, but a dentist is probably needed.
Answered on Oct 19, 2017
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Priorities: Find a way of getting to a dentist. "Popping" the abscess does not cure the problem. The pain will only get worse and you will unfortunately needlessly suffer. In the end, you will still need to see a dentist, so go now and avoid additional pain.
Answered on Oct 19, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
45 years experience Dentistry
Avoid: Popping the abscess may spread the infection. Can you get to an emergency department?
Answered on Oct 19, 2017
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Find a way: An abscess is an acute infection, which left untreated can spread and cause serious complications. I personally know of situations where patients have had a brain abscess or died. You need drainage, antibiotics and to remove the cause of the infection. You must find a way to see a dentist, or the problem will resurface. Take OTC pain medication, rinse with salt water and see a dentist (24/7 MD)
Answered on Oct 19, 2017
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
See a dentist ASAP: The best is to call your dentist and explain that you are in pain and in need of an emergency appointment. A dental abscess, infection or toothache, is potentially life-threatening. See a dentist ASAP.
Answered on Oct 19, 2017
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Not safely: An abscess is an infection. Attempting self treatment will most assuredly make matters worse. To treat the infection the infected tooth material must be removed (root canal or extraction). Self administered surgery is dangerous and harmful, and can have severe consequences. Bite the bullet, see a Dentist for competent effective professional care.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Dimitri Novitzky
52 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Tooth abscess: A tooth abscess, is in the bone, you will require iv sedation, iv analgesia, iv antibiotics before the procedure. Therefore there no way for you to do the procedure on yourself. Now if you Have a gum abscess, perhaps with a sharp blade you can do on yourself. Be NPO, take PO Amoxicillin BID, first doe 30 min before.Cool the mucosa, apply topical Lidocaine. Puncture the, abscess with an 11 blade,
Answered on Oct 19, 2017

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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 evaluat ... Read More
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Yes, : Yes, you can eat. The longer you wait to go see a dentist the worse things can become. The reason you are not in pain is because the infection is dra ... Read More
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If you don't: have severe pain, swelling or other problems you can probably wait one more day. Ask your dentist to prescribe some antibiotics to keep infection from ... Read More

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