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have an abscess tooth since tuesday can't get in to the dentist till friday morning is that ok?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
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 spreading to your jaw. don't miss your Friday appointment.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Abscess: The infection will not wait for your appointment. It would be better if you can move up your appointment or get an antibiotic prescription to help control the infection until Friday.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not really: An abscess is a virulent spreading infection. If you had an infection anywhere else in your body would you wait to be seen?

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you explain how to cure an abscess tooth?

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Dr. Gary Alder
Dentistry 47 years experience
Depends on cause: Teeth become abscessed from advanced decay or advanced periodontal disease. The treatment could be extraction, root canal treatment or periodontal treatment depending on the diagnosis. Don't try this at home... See a professional.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

What is an abscess tooth?

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
Infection: There are 2 types of abscesses. The first and most common is a peri- apical or root canal abscess occurring from an infected pulp(nerve) inside the tooth. The other is the periodontal or gum abscess occurring in an infected gum pocket next to the tooth. Both can cause pain and swelling when they fill with pus.
A 38-year-old member asked:

If you have periodontal decay with an abscess tooth, is it possible cause for seizures?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Never heard of: As a periodontist for a long time I have never heard that. However, you need to see a neurologist for the seizures and see a periodontist for the periodontal problems and a dentist for the abscessed tooth..
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can swishing with peroxide help an abscess tooth?

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Dr. Jonathan Richards
Endodontics 18 years experience
No: Swishing would have a topical effect, while an abscess originates deep inside a tooth or in the bone supporting the tooth. Peroxide would have minimal effect on the abscess, and could actually irritate the mucosa of the mouth instead.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do you think I should take off work if I have an abscess tooth?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Yes: Take off work to have it treated asap.

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