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Dr. Bruce Weisbrot
56 Doctors shared insights

Abscessed Tooth (Overview)

When the pulp becomes infected, the toxic products filter thru the opening at the end of the root. Your immune system responds by forming inflammatory tissue at the expense of bone. This tissue then can fill w/ puss forming an abscess.


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How long does a tooth abscess last? I have a hole in tooth so it's draining, and I take 500mg of amoxicillin twice a day. Just started taking the antibiotics last night. When should the swelling in my gums/face go down?

How long does a tooth abscess last? I have a hole in tooth so it's draining, and I take 500mg of amoxicillin twice a day. Just started taking the antibiotics last night. When should the swelling in my gums/face go down?

Maybe never, but...: Tooth abscesses originate from dead/diseased tissue within the bad tooth, which leads to an infection in the surrounding supporting bone (abscess). Antibiotics may temporarily reduce the abscess (usually takes no less than 48 hrs, but maybe longer), but never truly address the cause. For this you need a root canal or extraction. Some infections will not respond to antibiotics at all. ...Read more

Dr. Bruce Weisbrot
56 Doctors shared insights

Abscessed Tooth (Overview)

When the pulp becomes infected, the toxic products filter thru the opening at the end of the root. Your immune system responds by forming inflammatory tissue at the expense of bone. This tissue then can fill w/ puss forming an abscess.


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Hoping you can tell me, is periodontal abscess a symptom of an abscessed tooth?

Hoping you can tell me, is periodontal abscess a symptom of an abscessed tooth?

Can be...: An abscess is a pocket of infection which can originate either at the end of a tooth (root canal-related) or in the gums (periodontal). Prior to any treatment by your dentist, and evaluation can be performed to determine the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Abscessed tooth (Tip)

Do brush, floss, and rinse with tooth rinse prior to oral surgery. ...See more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See your dentist as soon as possible
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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I have an abscessed tooth, but it doesn't hurt. Is that normal or as serious as one that does hurt?

I have an abscessed tooth, but it doesn't hurt. Is that normal or as serious as one that does hurt?

Very serious: An abscess is an abscess, it is an infection inside your jaw, with pain or no pain it is causing damage not only to the tooth but to the bone, the gums and the surrounding teeth, it will not go away by itself and it may flare up any time. Ignore your teeth and they will ignore you. ...Read more

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Abscessed tooth (Tip)

Instead of biting on gauze after tooth extraction, try a wet tea bag. This helps stop bleeding. ...See more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
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See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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Could a doctor diagnose an abscessed tooth?

Could a doctor diagnose an abscessed tooth?

It is possible: I have worked with ENT and er doctors who can at times make a good diagnosis. But most often a dentist is much more capable in making a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Anyone know any home remedies for an abscessed tooth?

Anyone know any home remedies for an abscessed tooth?

None: An abscessed tooth (or any infection) is a serious situation which if left untreated can cause serious complications and can even be life threatening. There are no home remedies to cure the problem. Otc pain medication and salt water rinses are only temporary measures until you see your dentist. You need to see a dentist immediately for antibiotic coverage and definitive treatment. Period! ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild Dr. Fairchild
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Abscessed tooth (Tip)

Brushing your teeth with msm can speed recovery and strengthen gums. ...See more

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What is the best home remedy to reduce swelling caused by an abscessed tooth? I'll be going into my dentist to have him look at my tooth soon, but I would like some proven things I can do at home to reduce swelling and pain..

What is the best home remedy to reduce swelling caused by an abscessed tooth? I'll be going into my dentist to have him look at my tooth soon, but I would like some proven things I can do at home to reduce swelling and pain..

Dr.: Dr. Mcleod is right. There is nothing that you can do at home.
In addition, going to the emergency room just wastes previous tax dollars.
Please go see your dentist, or go to the many free clinics, or hospitals residencies out there.
The resources are there. You just have to go...
Best wishes,
dr. Zev kaufman. ...Read more

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Can clindamycin be used to treat an abscessed tooth?

Can clindamycin be used to treat an abscessed tooth?

Temporarily: Clindamycin, while a great antibiotic will only help to reduce the consequence of the underlying problem. If the gum is swollen around the tooth I would recopmmend that you see a periodontist. If the gum is not swollen and you are in a significant amount of discomfort I would recommend that you see an endodontist. These dentists would resolve the source of the infection to prevent return. ...Read more

Dr. Sal Aragona Dr. Aragona
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Abscessed tooth (Tip)

Premedication a day before wisdom teeth extractions with a mild steroid and Motrin will do wonders. ...See more

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I was treated for an abscess tooth today. Had mild facial swelling on right side of face, but is getting worse. Is this normal?

I was treated for an abscess tooth today. Had mild facial swelling on right side of face, but is getting worse. Is this normal?

It can: It can get worse before getting better. Usually you need antibiotics for an abscess and it can take 24 to48 hours to, work. ...Read more

Dr. Osman Farooq Dr. Farooq
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Abscessed tooth (Tip)

In the days preceding your surgery, brush your teeth regularly, floss and use mouthwash. ...See more

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Still have cheek swelling after treating a tooth abscess. Does that mean the infection had gone into the cheek?

Not necessarily: This may simply reflect the degree of inflammation surrounding the dental area involved. If however the cheek is red, tender, painful or if you develop fever, chills, etc., go back and see the dentist asap or your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for abscessed tooth?

What is the treatment for abscessed tooth?

Root canal / extract: Your dentist may first give you some antibiotics to get the infection down. Then, depending on the condition of the infected tooth, you may need a root canal and a crown on the tooth. If the tooth has a cavity that is too large or the tooth has a vertical fracture along the root or is splitting the tooth in half, then you may need to have the tooth extracted. ...Read more

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Can you explain how to cure an abscess tooth?

Can you explain how to cure an abscess tooth?

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. ...Read more

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Which online antibiotics get rid of my tooth abscess?

Which online antibiotics get rid of my tooth abscess?

None get rid of: Not sure what an online antibiotic is. No antibiotics will get rid of a tooth abscess but will slow its progression and decrease the inflammation until you can get definitive treatment of extraction or a root canal. Common dental antibiotics are penicillin, amoxicillin, and clindamycin. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a gum abscess after tooth extraction?

Depends: Follow directions given tom you by your dentist. Take antibiotics if given. Keep the area clean and eat a healthy diet. Your body should take care of the rest. ...Read more

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How can I loosen an abscessed tooth?

How can I loosen an abscessed tooth?

DIY Dentistry: Teeth are not easily "loosened". In many instances a dentist needs to section the tooth and remove it in pieces. Don't try to be your own dentist... Give a local dentist a call and be properly taken care of. ...Read more

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How can abscessed tooth cause damage?

Here are a few: Untreated tooth infections ususally progress by removing the bone in the area of the abscess. The longer you wait, the more is lost. Sometimes the teeth can become loose. Eventually this can result in a swelling or advanced infections. It is not uncommon for adjacent nerve structures to become infected leading to numbness. Treat them early and don't wait. ...Read more

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What will a dr do for abscessed tooth?

Abscess: It is very important you go see your dentist. You may need a root canal or even an extraction. You need to see your dentist as soon as possible an untreated infection can cause serious health issues including death. ...Read more

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What is done to fix an abscessed tooth?

Find the cause: An abscessed tooth could be caused by different reasons. Go to see a dentist to find out what the problem is and treat accordingly. ...Read more

Dr. Dinh Bui Dr. Bui
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Can an abscessed tooth heal on its own?

Dr. Dinh Bui Dr. Bui
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Can an abscessed tooth heal on its own?

NO: Abscess tooth can stop the pain on its own with establishing drainage through a fistula tract on the gum near the abscess tooth, or drain through the gum crevice around the affected tooth. However, continuous draining will cause bone loss either at the apex or at the side of tooth bony wall. It may develop a cyst slowly. It is rather a slow process (a year easily) so you can plan for treatment. ...Read more

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How can I help treat an abscessed tooth?

Get Seen Immediately: A tooth abcess can have severe consequences. Whatever the cost you should get evaluation so that you can continue to live a normal life. They may need to give you antibiotics or pull your tooth. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
644 Doctors shared insights

Tooth Abscess (Definition)

A tooth or dental abcess is an infected tooth. The tooth can become infected by a caries (decay) or by trauma, or through a gum infection or some other way. A tooth abcess may be life threatening so it should be taken care of asap. A dentist will recommend extraction or root ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,525 Doctors shared insights

Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more