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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dental Abscess (Overview)

A dental abscess happens from 3 main causes. 1) trauma 2) decay 3) periodontal disease. The first two are easier 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

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
490 doctors shared insights

Dental Abscess (Overview)

A dental abscess happens from 3 main causes. 1) trauma 2) decay 3) periodontal disease. The first two are easier 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

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Tip)

Treating a Tooth Abscess

If you have a dental abscess, do see a dentist, do you a cold compress, don't use a warm compress. ...See more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See dentist ASAP
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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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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Tip)

Do take antibiotics as prescribed. Don't rush to surgery! Wait until inflammation has gone down. ...See more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
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If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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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

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Achong
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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