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Draining A Dental Abscess
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Depends: A superficial abscess appearing adjacent to the tooth with no limitation or pain with opening your mouth can usually be drained with minimal discomfort. Incising and draining a dental abscess that has now involved deeper structures of the jaws or cervical spaces with limitation of opening could be quite painful unless you are deeply sedated or under general anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I just had a dental abscess drained yesterday there hasn't been any extra drainage is it safe to smoke cigerettes?
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Dental abscess and eating, please answer quickly? I have a dental abscess that's currently draining on it's own. I know I need to go to the dentist, but can I eat like this? I don't want to get a worse infection, but my teeth don't hurt, the gum is just s
Drain & Treat: An abscess in an active infection and must be eliminated as it is feeding the blood stream with bacteria to go everywhere the blood stream goes. Either the tooth needs to be removed or the infectious canal (home of the tooth nerve and blood vessel) needs to be cleaned out (root canal treatment). The infection area needs to be drained then an antibiotic may help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes, it is possible: Dental abscess is easy to diagnose by dental/medical history, symptoms dental examination, and x-rays. In many cases only x-ray is not enough for the proper diagnosis. Dentists are well-trained to rule out dental abscess or other oral infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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See a dentist: Sinusitis pain usually can't be pinpointed to a specific tooth, but is "somewhere" related to a back upper tooth. The pain also changes with changing head position. You might also have some nasal congestion or discharge if you have a sinus infection instead of a dental abscess. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers