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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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Could a swollen cheek be a dental abscess?

Could a swollen cheek be a dental abscess?

Yes: Other things can cause a swollen cheek as well. Some examples are salivary gland infections and salivary stones. Regardless of cause this needs to be evaluated ASAP by a dentist or oral surgeon. Don't wait, if this is a spreading dental infection it can be fatal if left unattended. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis seen on CTA? Also can pericarditis be caused by dental abscess? And if so, how long after dental abscess would symptoms occur?

Pericarditis: Pericarditis can be seen on CT scan imaging - actually just yesterday I saw a case. It depends to a large degree on the duration of symptoms, plus the organism involved (germ) and other factors. A dental abscess could pre-dispose to this because of possible bacteremia -or circulation of germs after a nasty infection. The length of time could be anywhere from a few days to weeks before onset. ...Read more

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Tooth HS gotten extracted cuz of dental abscess bt drainage is NT possible. It's been a day, on IV injections, how long swelling and pain will remain?

Tooth HS gotten extracted cuz of dental abscess bt drainage is NT possible. It's been a day, on IV injections, how long swelling and pain will remain?

Tooth extraction: is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Pain and swelling following surgery is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery. Muscle spasm and limited range of motion of the jaw are minor complications. After that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a great medication for tooth abscess. Be well. ...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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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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Can a dental abscess cause cardiomyopathy?

Can a dental abscess cause cardiomyopathy?

Not a known cause...: Having a dental abscess can cause bacteria and their byproducts to leech into the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body. In healthy people the immune system can usually hold its own but sometimes the bacteria can cause changes to the lining of the arteries or other organs. So if you think that you may have a dental abscess then by all means seek treatment for it. ...Read more

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Wasn't fully answered... Can a dental abscess be hard and if so what causes it and would it causes white and dark patches on tossils and throat?

Wasn't fully answered... Can a dental abscess be hard and if so what causes it and would it causes white and dark patches on tossils and throat?

A lot to cover...: 1) hard? Yes. Long term infections grow inside the bone causing the bone to expand. It is hard because it is encased in bone, or under high pressure under the soft tissue. 2)unsure if i've seen these cause patches on the tonsils. Sounds like maybe strep throat or something else. See an endodontist/dentist for tooth eval, and physician for the throat. ...Read more

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Would a dental abscess cause most of the back teeth on the left side of my mouth to hurt? I have a white pimple above a tooth and the pain jus started

Would a dental abscess cause most of the back teeth on the left side of my mouth to hurt? I have a white pimple above a tooth and the pain jus started

Dental abscess: Teeth that have a small pimple have been infected for a relatively long time. After the tooth nerve dies, the bacteria persists and advances to out of the tooth and into the supporting jaw bone. Over time it spreads and the pimple forms as a vent for pressure relief. It is very common for this eventual pain to radiate to other teeth, but the source is usually just one tooth. See an endodontist. ...Read more

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How can you treat with an abscessed tooth with a swollen cheek?

How can you treat with an abscessed tooth with a swollen cheek?

Good question: Not sure what you mean exactly. If the tooth is infected causing an abscess and a swollen cheek extracting the tooth or a root canal should fix it. Geting a tooth worked on that is abscessed and when you are swollen can be painful because all the nerves are hypersensitive and its hard to open your mouth. Anesthetic also usually doesnt last as long. ...Read more

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How many days would be swollen cheek after abscess?

How many days would be swollen cheek after abscess?

Swollen cheek: The swelling should start going down within a day or two at most as long as the cause of the infection is being treated and you are taking the proper course of antibiotics. If not, let your dentist know right away. Unresolved infections can result if serious complications. ...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

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What advice can you give me for a possible dental abscess?

See a dentist: You need to see a dentist for your abcess. This is an infection and needs to be treated as soon as possible. Your treatment will depend on where the infection is located. You may need an antibiotic. Don't wait. ...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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What is the best method to drain a dental abscess?

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Scalpel by denitsr: The method of draining an abscess depends greatly on the location of the abscess. Some can not be reached to drain. Typically, an oral surgeon or a general dentist can drain near surface abscess with a scalpel and place a drain to ensure it drains completely. I would not attempt to do it yourself since there are anatomical considerations that make may make that dangerous. ...Read more

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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
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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