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Can I Just Pop A Dental Abscess On My Own
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
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 4 more doctor answers
A dental abscess on my gum in the far back. Its hard to swallow and chew. How can I pop and get rid of it? Until I get to my dentist appointme
Call your dentist: Try to have your appointment moved up or at least be put on antibiotics to help control the infection.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 5 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 4 more doctor answers
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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!See 6 more doctor answers
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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