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How do you tell the difference between a wisdom tooth or dental abscess?

How do you tell the difference between a wisdom tooth or dental abscess?

See dentist: This is not a distinction you should try to make yourself. In either case it will require intervention and a good professional opinion is in order. ...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 do I know I have a dental abscess or is my wisdom tooth growing oddly?

How do I know I have a dental abscess or is my wisdom tooth growing oddly?

Abscess or wisdom : tooth eruption? Dental abscess is easy to diagnose by dental/medical history, symptoms dental examination, and x-rays. Dentists are well trained to rule out dental abscess or other oral infection. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between pain from wisdom tooth coming in and a tooth abscess?

How do I tell the difference between pain from wisdom tooth coming in and a tooth abscess?

Xray: Both of these conditions can be perceived to feel similar. An abscessed tooth is usually caused by a very large cavity that extends into the pulp of the tooth causing infection of the pulp and the infection spreads to the bond surrounding the tooth. An impacted tooth is more often symptom free, unless the gums directly around it become infected. Either condition should be checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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How to deal with a dental abscess after tooth pulled?

How to deal with a dental abscess after tooth pulled?

Not uncommon: Postoperative infection complication after tooth extraction is not uncommon. To avoid complications, the patient has to maintain good oral hygiene and should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. To treat infections, antibiotics are given by the dentist and tissue curettage is possible. ...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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What are the symtoms of a dental abscess? I'm unsure if I have one or not. I have pain in my gum and tooth when pressed. There is no constant pain; it's only when the gum is pressed it hurts. What does an abcess feel like?

What are the symtoms of a dental abscess? I'm unsure if I have one or not. I have pain in my gum and tooth when pressed. There is no constant pain; it's only when the gum is pressed it hurts. What does an abcess feel like?

Swelling: An acute dental abscess of either periodontal or root canal origin distinguish themselves with swelling. A chronic abscess exhibits a point of drainage called a sinus track. Pressure sensitivity can be caused by a host of problems. It would be best for you to see your dentist for a comprehensive examination. Good luck. ...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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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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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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Dental abscess. Tooth surgically extracted. Given amoxycillin 250 mg n metronidazole 200mg q.i.d 4/7. Shouldn't 1 course be more than 4 days?

Can't generalize: While antibiotic courses are often longer when used solely to treat infections, in this case a big part of treating your infection was the removal of the offending tooth. Sometimes shorter courses of meds are used to help get the healing started then we rely on your immune system and the healing process. Ask your doctor this question to understand why a short course was prescribed. ...Read more

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