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A 30-year-old male asked:

How do i know i have a tooth abscess?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
A Verified Doctoranswered
Dentistry 37 years experience
Pain and swelling: Generally you will have pain and swelling around an abcessed tooth. This is an infection and it can get worse without treatment so see a dentist if you are concerned nap out an abcess.
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Dr. Shirley Wong
Endodontics 21 years experience
Get a dental exam: The only way you will get an accurate answer is to have a dentist check it out. An x-ray is needed.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 45 years experience
Symptoms and exam: Some abscesses show symptoms such as pain when chewing, red and/or swollen gums, a fistula , etc. Abscesses that are chronic and not painful are found by x-ray and exam.
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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic 36 years experience
You may not....: The presentation of a tooth abscess varies quite a bit. There may be no signs nor symptoms. There may be a small swelling with no pain. There may be pain with no swelling. Or there may be severe pain with a large amount of swelling. So.....I would recommend seeing a dentist for these very reasons. The dentist can determine if you have a tooth abscess. I am sorry this is not an easy thing...
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Abscess (Infection): You may have pain, swelling, gum redness, draining fistula, bad taste, malaise, or you may have no signs/symptoms at all. Examination and x-rays required to make diagnosis. If you do have an abscess either root canal or extraction will be required. There are no pills, potions, OTC's, homeopathic that will cure a dental infection. Please see your Dentist.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

How to know when a tooth is abscessed?

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Dr. John Kong
Dentistry 19 years experience
Swelling: You will usually notice a swelling around the gums and when pressed, it will likely cause pain or discharge pus.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

What can I do for a tooth that is abscess.

5 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
A Verified Doctoranswered
Dentistry 37 years experience
Abscessed tooth: you need to see a dentist and have the tooth treated with a root canal or an extraction. Antibiotics alone will not cure an abscessed tooth.
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