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