A 50-year-old female asked:
how long can you have an tooth abcess for without not much swelling, i have had mine for 3yrs causin redness on front [email protected] side palate?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Gary Sandler answered
53 years experience Dentistry
Tip of the iceberg!: While you have been lucky (actually unlucky !) for not having much swelling, what is probably going on inside your jaw is a serious infection destroying bone and possibly effecting other teeth either now or in time. I have personally seen patients with large untreated infections and infected cysts become permanently numb and lose teeth from letting these types of infections go untreated.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Brian Dyess answered
37 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Long time: You can have a tooth abscess for a long time, even years with limited swelling and intermittent pain. The infection can be localized within the bone or gums as long as your body can wall it off and protect itself. But, the infection can break thru with little warning and move into a significant abscess in a day. It also can destroy the surrounding tissue without symptoms, it should treated promptly.
Answered on Apr 7, 2014
Dr. Sandra Eleczko answered
35 years experience Dentistry
Get treated!!!: You can have an abcessed tooth for a long time without feeling pain. Sometimes your immune system can keep things in check for a long time. Sometimes the infection can eat thru the bone leaving a fistula, where you have an opening for drainage so not much swelling or pain builds up. But there lis still an infection that you body is fighting. This leaves you more susceptible to other diseases.
Answered on Jul 20, 2013
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