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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
506 Doctors shared insights

Dental Abscess (Overview)

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 may need multiple procedures.


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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

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
506 Doctors shared insights

Dental Abscess (Overview)

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 may need multiple procedures.


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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. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Dental abscess (Tip)

Do brush, floss, and rinse with tooth rinse prior to oral surgery. ...See more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See your dentist as soon as possible
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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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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Dental abscess (Tip)

Instead of biting on gauze after tooth extraction, try a wet tea bag. This helps stop bleeding. ...See more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
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See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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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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How do I get rid of a swollen lip caused by a dental abscess? I have been taking antibiotics for 3 days now but it does not seem to be helping?

How do I get rid of a swollen lip caused by a dental abscess? I have been taking antibiotics for 3 days now but it does not seem to be helping?

Fix tooth: Antibiotics alone will not solve your problem. If you indeed have a dental abscess that is large enough to cause a swollen lip you may need to have it drained in addition to antibiotics. Then you must fix or extract the tooth causing the problem because if you don't it will return and antibiotics will be less effective the second time around. Next, focus on prevention to maintain oral health. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild Dr. Fairchild
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Dental abscess (Tip)

Brushing your teeth with msm can speed recovery and strengthen gums. ...See more

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How long does it take before amoxicillin can effectively treat dental abscess?

How long does it take before amoxicillin can effectively treat dental abscess?

Be patient, patient: Antibiotics usually take 24 to 36 hours to relieve the pain a swelling of a dental infection. But you must understand that the cause of the infection needs to be treated, not just the symptoms. Otherwise, the infection will come back soon. ...Read more

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How do you treat a dental abscess?

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

Dr. Sal Aragona Dr. Aragona
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Dental abscess (Tip)

Premedication a day before wisdom teeth extractions with a mild steroid and Motrin will do wonders. ...See 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 should I expect before and after dental abscess treatment?

What should I expect before and after dental abscess treatment?

Just like any visit: If you mean that you are having root canal therapy there is little to do. If you are having pain you should be taking pain relieving medication and possibly antibiotics if you have an infection. It's not necessary to take antibiotics before your treatment. After the visit the dentist will suggest medications and provide you with instructions. Usually there are no restrictions after care. ...Read more

Dr. Osman Farooq Dr. Farooq
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Dental abscess (Tip)

In the days preceding your surgery, brush your teeth regularly, floss and use mouthwash. ...See more

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Are dental abscess treatments painful to get?

Not usually: Usually once the shots have numbed the entire area of concern, patients do not feel any pain. Some dentist may offer IV sedation for your comfort. ...Read more

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Is 500 mg of amoxicyline enough to cure a dental abscess?

Is 500 mg of amoxicyline enough to cure a dental abscess?

Definitely, no: Amoxicyline is recommended as an adjunct to surgical management only. See a dentist for examination x-rays and treatment. Dental and gums problems are never any fun, but the good news is that most of them can be easily prevented. ...Read more

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

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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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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Are there some genetic reasons I get dental abscesses off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get dental abscesses off and on?

Possible/unlikely: You may have some genetic predisposition to gum disease, but it is not likely that you are genetically prone to abscesses themselves. ...Read more

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What are the risks of developing endocarditis due after a dental abscess?

What are the risks of developing endocarditis due after a dental abscess?

Only if...: Only if you have predisposing conditions you are at risk to develop sub acute bacterial endocarditis of oral origin. There is not much evidence of acute bacterial endocarditis in a healthy individuals with dental abscess. A great resource is americanheart. Org. ...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?

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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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


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,523 Doctors shared insights

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