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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. 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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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?

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?

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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Can an untreated dental abscess be fatal?

Can an untreated dental abscess be fatal?

Definitely, yes: If not treated, a serious dental abscess can eventually kill. The death from tooth abscess is not rare. Boston study (2008) found that 66 patients died due to dental abscess. ...Read more

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Could dental xrays miss a dental abscess?

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 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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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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Can you tell me how to treat a dental abscess?

See a dentist: To drain the dental abscess. The infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. See your dentist for examination, x-rays and treatment. It is a very common procedure. ...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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What is the best way to reduce swelling from dental abscess?

What is the best way to reduce swelling from dental abscess?

Treat the infection.: The only permanent treatment is usually root canal therapy or tooth removal. Temporarily antibiotics can help. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a dental abscess or sinusitis?

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 more

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Can you tell me docs, is it bad to have a dental abscess on and off for 4 months?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Can you tell me docs, is it bad to have a dental abscess on and off for 4 months?

Parulis fistula: Is a sign that there is chronic infection and your body is draining it out. Unlike some other types of infection, a dental abscess will not get better on its own. See your dentist for definitive diagnosis and treatment. Good luck. ...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