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Can I just pop a dental abscess on my own?

Can I just pop a dental abscess on my own?

No: There are many causes of bad breath. A cavity can be one of those many reasons. See your dentist. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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


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Is popping a dental abscess myself safe?

Is popping a dental abscess myself safe?

Dental abscess: See a dentist. Not a good idea to do it yourself ...Read more

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Is it safe to pop a dental abscess by myself?

Is it safe to pop a dental abscess by myself?

Will relieve pain: In the short term it will help with the pain. If you "pop" the abscess with something sterile it will relieve the pressure and a lot of the pain. Sometimes there is so much pressure that it will "pop" itself. You will have to see your dentist asap to fix the problem. I would not recommend doing this unless there is no available dentist. ...Read more

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Can I pop a dental abscess? I think I have a dental abscess. It's soft and squishy. It doesn't really hurt but it's annoying. Already had the tooth drained or whatever dentists do. Can I pop it if I use a sterile needle?

Can I pop a dental abscess? I think I have a dental abscess. It's soft and squishy. It doesn't really hurt but it's annoying. Already had the tooth drained or whatever dentists do. Can I pop it if I use a sterile needle?

See a dentist: You have an infection. It needs to be treated. Popping can relieve some of the pressure that you feel but it will not cure the infection. Please see a dentist and get this treated. Without treatment things will progress and get worse. You may not have so much pain because there can be drainage, but the infection is still there. It can effect the rest of your body. ...Read more

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I am on amoxicillin for a dental abscess, is it okay to pop it?

I am on amoxicillin for a dental abscess, is it okay to pop it?

Yes: If you apply heat via warm water rinses or on a cotton swab, then it should easily drain that visible abscess. Please see your endodontist. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a dental abscess on my own?

Not likely: While dental abcesses can drain and be non painful, they will not go away from treatment other than removing the offensive tooth or causative agent. If the nerve of a tooth is infected, performing a root canal to remove it usually helps heal an abcess. If a tooth is infected (abcessed) and nonrestorable, then removal will help heal the area. Self cures for dental abcesses are not recommended, imo. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a dental abscess on my own? No insurance now.

How can I get rid of a dental abscess on my own? No insurance now.

You can't...: Get rid of dental abscess on your own. You can only treat symptoms with antibiotics and pain medications. Until the source of the abscess is gone, you will have ongoing infections. Ab will only contain the symptoms in check for little while. This can be taken care of in two ways...One is an extraction of a tooth and the other option is to have a root canal treatment. ...Read more

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Just had a dental abscess, how do I deal with pain?

Just had a dental abscess, how do I deal with pain?

See a dentist: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. Rec. See your dentist asap. ...Read more

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Where does dental abscess form?

Where does dental abscess form?

Right there in the: The cause of these infections is direct growth of the bacteria from an existing tooth cavity into the soft tissues and bones of the face and neck. ...Read more

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How is a dental abscess treated?

How is a dental abscess treated?

Semantics: If you mean solved, it means getting to the source of the problem and eliminating it via root canal, extraction, or periodontal treatment, depending on the cause. If you mean reducing the symptoms temporarily, that involves antibiotics. It may be that antibiotics are an essential part of definitive treatment, but in and of themselves, benefits are typically temporary. ...Read more

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What is done for a dental abscess?

What is done for a dental abscess?

Incision + drainage: The treatment is usually "incision and drainage" which means cut it open and let the pus drain out. They can be tough to get numb sometimes. However, sometimes the only treatment is taking an antibiotic. You need to treat the cause, not just the symptoms. ...Read more

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How do you treat a dental abscess?

See your dentist: A dental abscess can be related to decay and/or a periodontal problem/ recommendations for treatment will depend on what type of abscess you have. ...Read more

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Is a dental abscess really painful?

Is a dental abscess really painful?

Yes and no: An acute dental abscess could be very painful, while a chronic one (perhaps with a draining fistula) might not be. For the most part a dental abscess is painful and as it is an infection, they are potentially life threatening. Seek treatment from a dentist to protect your health- your mouth and body are connected! ...Read more

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Does a dental abscess usually hurt?

Does a dental abscess usually hurt?

Not always: Beleive it or not when you see someone swollen they may not be in any pain at all, that is because all the pressure from the abcess has been released into soft tissue. When there is no swelling the pain is much worse since the pressure is built up and that presses on the nerves in the area and causes pain. ...Read more

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Would you know if you had a dental abscess?

Would you know if you had a dental abscess?

Not necessarily: Some dental infections develop slowly and do not show symptoms until they become acute. I see this all the time. See your dentist for a clinical exam and x-rays which together can determine whether or not you have a chronic or acute infection or some other dental problem... Or perhaps nothing at all. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is a dental abscess?

An infection: A dental abscess is an infection. Infections are managed by antibiotics and by removing the source of the infection. As a result they can only be cured with the assistance of a dentist. ...Read more

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What happens when a dental abscess is popped?

Abscess Popped: "popping" a dental abscess is only one step in the attempt to eliminate a dental infection. It's also crucial to have a proper antibiotic prescribed in order to prevent the spread of that infection along with eliminating the cause. Otherwise the infection will likely reoccur and often with a greater vengeance. Merely popping an infection will not resolve the problem. ...Read more

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How do I ease the pain from a dental abscess?

How do I ease the pain from a dental abscess?

See a Dentist: A dental abscess will almost never heal by itself. You need to see a dentist for examination and possibly x-rays &/or other tests to establish the exact diagnosis and get recommended treatment options explained to you. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have a dental abscess?

Get it taken care of: See a dentist for care. You will either need it removed or need root canal and crown. You may also need the abcess drained. You do need antibiotics in any case and would likely be given some pain meds as well. It will take a couple days for it to do better. ...Read more

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What're the chances of dying from a dental abscess?

Abscess to kill: If not treated, a serious dental abscess can eventually kill. The death from tooth abscess is not rare. Boston study (2008) found that 66 patients died due to dental abscess. ...Read more

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I think I have dental abscess. What are the signs?

I think I have dental abscess. What are the signs?

Pain, swelling: Pain and swelling are the two classical symptoms. Even if you are not sure, see your dentist asap as infections will not go away on their own even if the pain does. Infections can spread quickly and cause serious complications including death. ...Read more

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Help I think I have a dental abscess. What do I do?

Help I think I have a dental abscess. What do I do?

See a dentist: See your dentist as soon as possible. If you wait too long then you may loose your tooth. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to why won't my dental abscess go away?

I'm curious as to why won't my dental abscess go away?

Abscess go home: A dental abscess can be destructive if the source is not treated or removed. An infected tooth, an infected periodontal pocket, fractured tooth resulting in nerve death and soft tissue damage are possible causes. If the tooth is not removed or root canal tx performed, or the pocket is not cleaned sterilized and corrected, or the fracture not taken care of it will worsen! ...Read more

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I may have a dental abscess. How to find out if it is?

I may have a dental abscess. How to find out if it is?

Easily...: See your dentist, and he will evaluate your teeth, your gums around it and then take a new radiography/ x-ray. Then you can find out what's going on. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does a dental abscess removal procedure take?

How long does a dental abscess removal procedure take?

If you are referring: To a simple I&D (incision and drainage) to relieve pain, swelling - but only as a temporary solution until more definitive care is rendered, then this is a procedure that takes only a few minutes and can be done with local anesthetic (provided it is not a complex facial space abscess). As dr. Gordon mentioned, the cause needs to be determined and then the time involved varies. ...Read more

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If a dental abscess gets hard, what is wrong with it?

If a dental abscess gets hard, what is wrong with it?

Seek help: An abscess, as mentioned by other doctors can appear in many forms and consistencies. Also, the duration of the abscess can mean that it becomes harder as it has been there for awhile. Definitely, seek help. ...Read more

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I think I'm getting a dental abscess. What should I do?

I think I'm getting a dental abscess. What should I do?

Dentist: This is something you should not put off or ignore. The complications with dental abscesses can be disastrous and seeing a dentist is important. Get better soon. ...Read more

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Still sick from an dental abscess. What do you suggest?

Depends: Have you had treatment by a dentist, or did you take some antibiotics that you had in your house? You need to see a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment of your problem. If you have already seen a dentist and your problem is persisting, return to the dentist. You may need further treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about why dental abscess not going away?

Infection: An abscess is an infection of both the hard and soft tissues that make up the anatomy of a tooth. Bacteria pour into the tooth through a cavity, a hole in the hard tissues, and destroy the inner structures of the tooth. Antibiotics are used to keep infection from spreading, but can't removed the infected tooth material. That requires root canal treatment or extraction. ...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


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
506 Doctors shared insights

Dental Abscess (Definition)

Occurs due to trauma, decay, or periodontal disease (hardest to treat). When a tooth has an abscess with a periodontal component the outcomes can be successful, but ...Read more