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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

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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


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Why is the dental abscess getting worse during treatment? I have a tooth with a large cavity. It had a filling in it, but the filling got loose and before i had a chance to have it fixed i got a dental abscess.The filling was removed so the tooth could dr

Why is the dental abscess getting worse during treatment? I have a tooth with a large cavity. It had a filling in it, but the filling got loose and before i had a chance to have it fixed i got a dental abscess.The filling was removed so the tooth could dr

Dr : Dr zweig gave you some good advice. Was the root canal started? You did not clarify in your post. The dead nerve tissue needs to be removed to help the antibiotics work. It may be necessary to use a different antibiotic if you are not getting better. Call your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have ruptured dental abscess, do I need further treatment?

I have ruptured dental abscess, do I need further treatment?

Yes you do!: You need to discover why you had an abscess. Was it a periodontal and/or endodontal abscess and what was the cause? While it has "ruptured" and presumably drained, you still have an infection that caused its appearance, and this must be treated. Treatments include antibiotic therapy, a root canal treatment, a thorough cleaning (scaling and curettage) or even tooth removal. Contact your dds asap. ...Read 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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8 weeks 5 days pregnant, very painful dental abscess, what shall I do and what are the risks to my baby? Are there any treatments with zero risk?

Risk: I do not know of any interventive treatment with no risks. In your situation obviously if you had treatment prior to conception that would have been ideal. I would suggest consulting with an endodontist for treatment but present to your obstetrician for a letter of clearance for treatment. Ideally interventive treatment is preferred after the first trimester and before the third trimester. ...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 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 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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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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What happens when a dental abscess is popped?

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

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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


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dental Abscess (Definition)

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 ...Read more