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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?

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

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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


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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?

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

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I think I might have gum abscess, how to know?

I think I might have gum abscess, how to know?

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

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How can I take care of tooth/gum abscess?

How can I take care of tooth/gum abscess?

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

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Gum abscess from forcing out 1st molar, what to do?

Gum abscess from forcing out 1st molar, what to do?

Call your dentist: The only way to cure a periodontal (gum) abscess is with dental treatment. The first step of treatment is to drain all pus that has accumulated in the abscess. The deep cleaning will be required for the gum pocket and cause of the infection should be removed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could see my gp for a possible gum abscess?

Can you tell me if I could see my gp for a possible gum abscess?

Call a dentist: The only way to cure a periodontal (gum) abscess is with dental treatment. The first step of treatment is to drain all pus that has accumulated in the abscess. The deep cleaning will be required for the gum pocket and cause of the infection should be removed. ...Read more

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Don't know if I can go to the dentist or not, if it is a gum abscess. How long can I leave it?

Don't know if I can go to the dentist or not, if it is a gum abscess. How long can I leave it?

As soon as you can: Many times gum abscess does not hurt. However, it causes continuous progression of bone loss and thus should be treated as soon as you can. Most often it is simple to diagnose as to identify the cause of abscess. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a gum abscess?

How do I know if I have a gum abscess?

See a dentist: Loose gum, bleeding, puss, pain and swelling. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a gum cyst and gum abscess?

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

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Why does this gum abscess keep coming back? Explanations please?

Recurrent abscess: If you are experiencing recurring swellings on your gums, then you have the signs of a chronic periodontal (gum) infections. If you think you may have a recurrent gum abscess, schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a severe gum abscess. Should I be putting heat or cold on it?

Cold will help pain: Cold will help temporarily, but you need to see a dentist for definitive help. ...Read more

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Does flu cause a gum abscess?

Does flu cause a gum abscess?

Probably not: It is most likely a coincidence. Most gum abscess are coming from a bad tooth. Please see your dentist before you lose a tooth. ...Read more

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Do I have to get my tooth extracted after a gum abscess?

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

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Dds only: does the lanap protocol have anything to do with treating a gum abscess?

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

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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?

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

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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

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I have a gum abscess can I pop it myself?

You can: You can pop it, but that is hardly thorough treatment. It is not like popping a zit. You still have a serious underlying infection that needs to be treated. Please see your dentist. ...Read more

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Can I have a gum abscess without any symptoms?

Absolutely: Gum disease in it's earliest stages is "silent." if you think you have a problem, seek consultation with a pro. See your general dentist or the prosthodontist (gum specialist) that he recommends. For peace of mind call now. ...Read more

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What happens it I don't treat a gum abscess right away?

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

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How long can you leave a gum abscess before it gets serious?

No timetable: If your gums are abscessed, it already means its serious. ...Read more

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Is this enough to remove gum abscess? Http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=jswe8y2x0ag

Yes: Incision and drainage of an abscess can alleviate the acute problem with pain and swelling, however the actual cause of the abscess also has to be identified and treated to resolve the problem. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to remove a gum abscess? What would I need if I wanted to do it myself?

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

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Is a dental gum abscess the same as a gum fistula?

Is a dental gum abscess the same as a gum fistula?

Sort of...: A fistula is a tubular tract of a draining abscess

http://dictionary. Reference. Com/browse/fistula ...Read more

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Tooth abscess and gum abscess? Could one have caused the other?

Tooth abscess and gum abscess? Could one have caused the other?

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

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Need doctor's help! What do I do if a gum abscess drains on its own?

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

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What is a gum abscess? My gums are swollen, with I think pus underneath

INFECTION: That is called a "buccal fistula". There is a small escape from an underlying bacterial infection. I suggest you see a doctor immediately in order to begin antibiotic regimen. An x-ray will hopefully clarify which tooth is the one causing the problem. ...Read more

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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

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

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Pain as one symtom is more prevalent in a tooth abscess, gum abscess or gum cyst?

Dr. Dinh Bui Dr. Bui
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Pain as one symtom is more prevalent in a tooth abscess, gum abscess or gum cyst?

Tooth abscess: All abscess hurts if it could not drain. Gum abscess usually can be drain from the side of the tooth. Gum cyst would almost never hurts unless it grows so large in size. Tooth abscess, if not drained, would hurt the most. ...Read more

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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

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Besides perio maintenance visits, good home oral hygiene and dieting is there anything else I can do to avoid another disasterous gum abscess?

Besides perio maintenance visits, good home oral hygiene and dieting is there anything else I can do to avoid another disasterous gum abscess?

Dental 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

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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!

Worry not...: The abscess is draining, which is ok. It needs to be resolved so that it will not spread; your dentist will take care of that. ...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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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

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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

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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?

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

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Have an abscess in my gum under a root tooth dc says is infection & has to remove my tooth gave antibiotic but says I should take it out better help?

Extraction: Antibiotic is for temporary help with infection. 2 usual options depending on the condition of the tooth, bone and tissue: root canal treatment and post/core and crown, or extraction and replacement with implant and crown or removable prosthesis. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more