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Dr. Meng Syn Dr. Syn
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What is the best method to drain a dental abscess?

Dr. Meng Syn Dr. Syn
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What is the best method to drain 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 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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How much would it cost to drain a dental abscess without insurance?

How much would it cost to drain a dental abscess without insurance?

Hard to tell: It's impossible to give you a precise quote, but should involve a charge for a consultation, probably an x-ray, and then the charge for an incision and drainage, possibly even under I.V. Sedation. The charge could range from $150-$300 or more. ...Read more

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Why won't my dentist drain my dental abscess?

There are options: Draining a dental abscess is only required with the most serious infections. Dental abscesses can often be controlled by an oral antibiotic followed by more definitive care. ...Read more

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Is it painful when they drain a dental abscess at the dentist office?

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 more

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I just had a dental abscess drained yesterday there hasn't been any extra drainage is it safe to smoke cigerettes?

I just had a dental abscess drained yesterday  there hasn't been any extra drainage is it safe to smoke cigerettes?

Never again!: Once the dentist drained your dental abscess you can never smoke again. Just think about how much healthier you will be, how much money you will save and how much longer you will live. Take this opportunity to quit smoking. Good luck. ...Read more

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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 more

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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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How to treat a dental abscess?

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 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