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Antibiotic For Gum Abscess
Dental specialist says an antibiotic for a gum abscess is not needed since infection is not systemic. I'm not sure I agree. Your opinion?
Me, too: I'm not sure I agree, either... why wait until the infection is systemic? At that point you may need hospitalization; a needless waste of time, money, and resources that could have been prevented for a few dollars. Most dental infections are localized, and antibiotics are almost always prescribed. ...Read more
Antibiotics have not decreased gum abscess inflammation. Do not have any pain at this time. Can the periodontist lance the area? What is this like?
Type of antibiotic: The resolve of the gum abscess inflammation may indicate a need for different antibiotics. If the abscess is due to a tooth (endodontics), Clindamycin or the antibiotic that can penetrate into bone should be used. If the abscess is more of soft tissue or gum, then amoxicillin/metronidazole combination or alone should be used. Treatment must be carried out to eliminate the cause when using drugs. ...Read more
See a dentist: A local dentist can examine the problem and provide the necessary treatment. Since you cannot treat this personally, you need to make the call... The sooner the better. ...Read more
Visit the dentist: Tooth/gum infection can further spread to other parts of the body like jaw bones and heart. It also can result in systemic infection. Therefore, dental treatment is a must. Keep a good oral hygiene and call for appointment. ...Read more
No: You can cause more damage to yourself. ...Read more
Structure: A cyst can have numerous causes (infection being just one) and is like a balloon--it has a fibrous tissue capsule that surrounds its contents, which can be fluid or other substances. An abcess is the result of an infection, and is a collection of pus (typically) that fills normal tissue spaces but has no lining of its own. ...Read more
Cold will help pain: Cold will help temporarily, but you need to see a dentist for definitive help. ...Read more
It depends: The best chance of saving your tooth is by getting the abcess treated ASAP so you can restore the area to good health. If there has been severe destruction of the bone then extraction may be needed. ...Read more
Yes and No: L.A.N.A.P. Is a patented protocol (think of a recipe) which is done only on the full mouth in a very systematic way every time. Lpt (laser periodontal therapy) is what you call it when the same laser is used on a single area or section. It is not "off-label, " it's different terminology for clarity. ...Read more
I have a tooth or gum abscess. This morning it was pink. By noon it was black. Now it's my gum is hanging out. What can I do?
Yes this could: Be badly infected and needs to be seen by a dentist ...Read more
Had gum abscess. Caused swelling in cheek. Abscess is gone, cheek still a little puffy. What is the weird sensation I still feel in cheek?
Be patient: The swelling and a "weird sensation" can take some time to resolve, even up to a 2-3 weeks. Follow up with your dentist or an oral surgeon as advised. ...Read more
I drained pus from gum abscess--all ok. No pus now; a very tiny bead of fluid about ready (or not) to drain by itself. I help it along? Under care.
Yes, you can: If pain does not occur, it is best to let the health care provider to take a look to determine the drainage tract (where it originates from). ...Read more
It'll get worse: It'll get worse and you may end up losing the tooth or even worse, end up in th er with a medical emergency. ...Read more
No timetable: If your gums are abscessed, it already means its serious. ...Read more
Resolve by itself: Gum abscess resolves automatically as the underlying cause is eliminates, i.e. Root canal treatment for the tooth abscess and intrabony pocket debridement (deep clean or scaling and root planing). The temporary resolution of the abscess can be achieved with antimicrobial therapy; however, the underlying causes must be treated otherwise the abscess will recur. ...Read more
Yes: A gum abscess, if left untreated, may destroy the supporting bone loss and eventually involved the bone around the apex, then the bacteria would have access to the nerve via the apex and cause tooth abscess (endodontal abscess). This is called perio-endo lesion. A tooth abscess, if left untreated, cause pulpal necrosis, cystic formation, drainage to the gum tissue causing gum abcess (endo-perio). ...Read more
Call dentist: Just because the abscess is draining does not mean the tooth is fine. The bacteria are festering in the bone or gum tissue, and the cause of the abscess needs to be determined and treated. Failure to treat can cause further breakdown of the tooth and bone, and result in the loss of that tooth. ...Read more
Tooth/gum abscess my boyfriend had a tooth filled before I met him. I tooth was abscessed and recently he lost the tooth. He tells me that the gum itself abscesses near where the tooth was. He has to drain it a couple times a month. This worries me an
See your dentist: Tooth/gum abscess should be treated as early as you can since most of the destruction can be reverse in the case of early treatment. The cost of treatment is also less expensive. Moreover, the tooth can be saved most of the time and thus eliminating the cost of tooth replacement. Abscess may come and go but the tooth will go after a while. ...Read more
Dds #: how likely is it that a tooth furcation (1-3 mm) caused a gum abscess? Root tip is not compromised.
Morel likely: Gum abscesses can occur with or without a tooth furcation. The furcation is an area where it becomes more difficult for you to keep clean and therefore more likely to happen. Discuss treatment options with your periodontist. ...Read more
Besides perio maintenance visits, good home oral hygiene and dieting is there anything else I can do to avoid another disasterous gum abscess?
Http://www. Cdc. Gov/healthywater/hygiene/disease/dental_caries. Html
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/tooth-abscess/manage/ptc-20185988
Avoid sugary foods, if you have diabetes, good control is important. You might consider gargling after meals with salt water as well as brushing as that eliminates bacteria. Seek dental attention the minute you start noting something is off. ...Read more
Can you die if a gum abscess pops!! I have 2!! Dentist is Monday! Having to wait till then as I have no money till then! Someone told me I can die!
Dds # only: if I know I have a gum abscess, I would see a periodontist vs. An endodontist, right?
Dentist: See a general dentist first, he is the captain of your team & he can make the diagnosis (understand your problem) & give you all the treatment recommendations &/ or referrals if necessary. ...Read more
Dds: can a raised healthy coral pink gingiva mimic the appearance of a gum abscess but not be one? Visit with perio. In 2 weeks.
Yes: Chronic infections can take on a more pinkish tone, rather than the reddish swollen and soft acute infections. It may also be a gingival overgrowth or benign lesion which can be common. ...Read more
Amoxicillin may be an effective way to heal a large gum abscess affecting 2 teeth. At 500 mgs., 3x's a day, for 14 days highly unusual?
See a dentist ASAP: The most common cause for toothache are inflammations and not infections. Antibiotics are rarely required and should only be used as an adjunct to dental treatment for infection since they may complicate further outcome. Take the NSAID OTC or Tylenol (acetaminophen) to control pain and see a dentist ASAP. ...Read more