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A 20-year-old male asked:

Would a dental abscess cause most of the back teeth on the left side of my mouth to hurt? i have a white pimple above a tooth and the pain jus started

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rea Middleton
Dentistry 14 years experience
Yes, see a dentist!: Yes the nerves in our face and neck are all connected so one tooth can cause all the teeth and tissue on that side to hurt. The white pimple is the infection trying to drain out. You should see a dentist immediately to determine if the tooth can be saved with a root canal or if it will need to be extracted the sooner you see a dentist the better.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
It sure could!: Go to a dentist - even though the pain just started, very very few dental problems heal themselves well. Maintaining adult teeth is so easy to brush off (pun intended). It is also so important to do. I know - it can be costly, painful, etc. - but losing teeth is so much worse - and it really happens. Been there, done that! get it treated - you'll feel better now & later!
Dr. Joel Piehl
Periodontics 51 years experience
Unfocused pain: It is very typical to experience pain in a large less focused area from a single infected tooth. You should see a dentist immediately.
Dr. Jonathan Richards
Endodontics 18 years experience
Dental abscess: Teeth that have a small pimple have been infected for a relatively long time. After the tooth nerve dies, the bacteria persists and advances to out of the tooth and into the supporting jaw bone. Over time it spreads and the pimple forms as a vent for pressure relief. It is very common for this eventual pain to radiate to other teeth, but the source is usually just one tooth. See an endodontist.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Yes it can cause it.: With an abscess it would be best for you to obtain the professional services of a dentist. A dental abscess is not something to manage on your own. I realize many want simple solutions and to self-treat. However, with a dental abscess i would always seek professional help from a dentist.

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Last updated Jun 8, 2018

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