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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

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 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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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

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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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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

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

You can eat: However, if left untreated, it can put you at greater risk of systemic problems such as blood infection, breathing problems and heart disease. See a dentist for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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

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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Is there a difference between an impacted and infected wisdom tooth? I need to have my wisdom teeth removed and was told that they're impacted. Is that the same thing as being infected? .

Is there a difference between an impacted and infected wisdom tooth? I need to have my wisdom teeth removed and was told that they're impacted. Is that the same thing as being infected? .

An: An impacted tooth is one that has not fully erupted into the mouth and is, to some degree, still covered gum tissue and / or bone. A fully impacted tooth is completely covered by bone. An impacted tooth does not necessarily have to be infected, but it extremely common that partially impacted are subject to recurrent gum infections that are termed "pericoronitis". This is an indication for extraction.

An impacted tooth does not necessarily have to be more difficult to extract than an erupted tooth for two reasons:
1. An impacted tooth may not have completed root formation. Besides having less tooth structure to remove, partially formed roots may not be curved at their tips and thus can be easier to remove.
2. When a tooth is fully erupted and in function, the bone around it consolidates (or hardens) in response to the function. This may make the tooth more difficult to remove.

Impacted teeth may be more difficult to remove for the following reasons:
1. There is a significant amount of bone and / or soft tissue covering them making access more difficult.
2. Impacted teeth may be closely related to vital structures such as nerves and the sinuses making extraction more challenging.
3. Impacted teeth may be angled in ways that make it more difficult to extract them. Over the past 10 years specific research has been ongoing which is looking at the specific risks and benefits of removal of asymptomatic third molars (wisdom teeth). There is a "white paper" discussing the results of these studies located on the website of the american association of oral and maxillofacial surgeons (www. Aaoms. Org). There is also associated information that provides an excellent discussion of wisdom teeth and their management. Look under "conditions and treatment" on the right side for "wisdom teeth".

Though asymptomatic now, third molars that have not fully erupted into the mouth in a functional and cleanable position can lead to long term problems such as gum disease that can spread to adjacent areas, decay of the third molar or adjacent teeth, recurrent infections (pericoronitis), cysts, tumors, and jaw fracture. It is better to prevent these problems by extraction of non-functional third molars as a late teenager than to have to under go the surgery when you are older and you are not as healthy. Also the surgery may be more difficult and recovery longer if done at a later age.

Have your general dentist recommend a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in your area that can examine you and provide an explanation of your options for both surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's a wisdom tooth growing in or abscess?

How to tell if it's a wisdom tooth growing in or abscess?

See dentist: See your dentist or oral surgeon and get examined intraorally and get images of the area. They can then advise you about the diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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How long does the pain last after a wisdom tooth extraction? I've read that wisdom teeth have bigger roots, so extraction is harder than for other teeth. Does that mean it also hurts longer? I'm having mine out soon, but my oral surgeon wouldn't tell me h

How long does the pain last after a wisdom tooth extraction? I've read that wisdom teeth have bigger roots, so extraction is harder than for other teeth. Does that mean it also hurts longer? I'm having mine out soon, but my oral surgeon wouldn't tell me h

3-4 days: For most people and usually well controlled with a moderately strong pain-killer like vicodin. More severe pain that resists vicodin on or after the 3rd day particularly on the lower jaw must be checked for "dry socket." if present, socket will have to be dressed for pain control. ...Read more

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I've had a dental/tooth abscess for 6 years. How do I get rid of this once and for all?

I've had a dental/tooth abscess for 6 years. How do I get rid of this once and for all?

See a dentist: Have the tooth treated. You probably have 2 options: removal of the tooth or a root canal. Consult your dentist and be committed to the treatment that is recommended. Remember, having a chronic infection in your body is not healthy. ...Read more

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How to prevent wisdom tooth socket abscess?

How to prevent wisdom tooth socket abscess?

Oral surgeon: Make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral surgeon. Few complication. He/she will give you a complete list of postop instructions. ...Read more

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I have an impacted wisdom tooth on abscessed tooth. Help?

I have an impacted wisdom tooth on abscessed tooth. Help?

See a dentist ASAP: Sometimes wisdom teeth are valuable asset when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common procedures at ages 15-24. See your dentist for evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more

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Will Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium 875 mg / 125 mg work for an abscessed wisdom tooth?

Will Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium 875 mg / 125 mg work for an abscessed wisdom tooth?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics will control an infection, but do not remove the cause of the infection (your wisdom tooth). In the end, you'll still need to see a dentist, probably for an extraction. Why wait? You're only prolonging your suffering. Please call for an appointment. ...Read more

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There is some ooze coming from my gum on the side where I had my wisdom tooth removed. That was 6 weeks ago. Am I getting an abscess?

There is some ooze coming from my gum on the side where I had my wisdom tooth removed. That was 6 weeks ago. Am I getting an abscess?

Residual infection?: After 6 weeks the extraction site should be 95% healed. Residual infection from the surgery is possible and I believe you asked an earlier question about your lip being swollen which likely is being caused by that as well. Go back to the doc or surgeon who removed your wisdom tooth to have the area checked and if infection is confirmed you will need antibiotics to help it heal. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth abscessed, and can't open my jaw! How to treat this?

Oral Surgeon: Get to the oral surgeon asap. They can help you with this. Often they can provide medications to relax the jaw prior to the extraction. ...Read more

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Can an abscess wisdom tooth cause your throat and ear to hurt?

Can an abscess wisdom tooth cause your throat and ear to hurt?

Yes: While it will usually hurt most in the area of the abscessed wisdom tooth, the pain can radiate to the throat and ear areas. Many other things can cause throat and ear pain as well, so you should have this checked out by both a dentist and your M.D. To determine what is going on and how best to treat it. ...Read more

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What are complications that arise from wisdom tooth abscesses?

What are complications that arise from wisdom tooth abscesses?

Pain, Swelling: Untreated infections in your mouth can spread throughout your head and neck region causing life threatening problems.

If you have an infection see an oral surgeon asap. ...Read more

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Is my pain arising from a wisdom tooth breaking out, or is it an abscess?

Is my pain arising from a wisdom tooth breaking out, or is it an abscess?

Swelling?: Pain alone often is not associated with an abscess. Swelling and/ or tenderness of the affected area would be more convincing of an abscess. Having a low-grade fever would help confirm it. It is possible at your age to have an impacted wisdom tooth causing the problem but no way to know for sure without seeing a dentist for x-ray and evaluation. ...Read more

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How serious is an abscessed wisdom tooth?

How serious is an abscessed wisdom tooth?

Abscessed Tooth: Serious enough to get you to the dentist and on treatment. Please do not wait. Go today. ...Read more

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Large, red painful lump on cheek, doesn't come to a head like a spot. Just above where it's coming through so maybe I have an abscess or impacted wisdom tooth?

Best to be: Evaluated by a dentist. Once an exam and appropriate x-rays are taken a more definitive diagnosis and aporopriate treatment recomnendations can be rendered. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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After wisdom tooth removal, is it necessary to have a dental filling in the extraction site?

After wisdom tooth removal, is it necessary to have a dental filling in the extraction site?

No: A dental filling is not placed in the extraction site. Depending on the size of the defect from the removal of the wisdom tooth, some extraction sites are grafted to help prevent a periodontal problem with an adjacent tooth. ...Read more

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Dental experts! What will the recovery after getting one wisdom tooth pulled be like?

Dental experts! What will the recovery after getting one wisdom tooth pulled be like?

Premedication: Premedication starting a day before wisdom teeth extractions with a mild steroid (decadron) and an anti-inflammatory (motrin) will do wonders at keeping swelling and pain under control after the procedure. With this protocol you will minimize risk for time off of work. Review this with your treating dentist. ...Read more

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Hi I have a quick question is aspel dental a good place to go to get my wisdom tooth pulled out?

Dental care: Hi I think you're probably on the wrong form. You need to ask someone local but we don't know where you are. Try to speak with someone that may have gone there. Go online to yelp, I don't usually recommend that, but take an average of their opinions. Finding good people is always difficult. It is difficult for me one's person opinion is quite different than another's. Lock. ...Read more

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Have had a cavity in wisdom tooth for over 5 years. No dental insurance, so left it. Could this cause other health problems to overall health?

Have had a cavity in wisdom tooth for over 5 years. No dental insurance, so left it. Could this cause other health problems to overall health?

Absolutely: That rotten tooth will at some point abscess, which can cause the infection to drain under your tongue and potentially close off your airway. Insurance or not, you need to take care of your health. Contact your local dental society for low cost options. ...Read more

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Hi. On Tuesday I got a standard dental cleaning. Now today the gum behind my lower left wisdom tooth which is fully erupted and not impacted is swolle?

Hi. On Tuesday I got a standard dental cleaning. Now today the gum behind my lower left wisdom tooth which is fully erupted and not impacted is swolle?

No worries: No worries...this is a common thing to happen around a back wisdom tooth area due to the type of tissue and how it will heal from a cleaning vs other areas. Not to say that the hygienist might have been a little to thorough in that area but I would clean/floss as normal, take some IBU for inflammation and do a warm salt rinse 2x per day until better (1-3days) ...Read more

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Dental experts! What is a home remedy for wisdom tooth pain?

Dental experts! What is a home remedy for wisdom tooth pain?

Wisdom tooth pain: Rule #1: never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue and give you more pain. Rule #2: use OTC NSAIDs every 6 hours or Tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4 hours. Rule #3 tooth pain will not go away on its own, so it's important not to ignore the symptoms. ...Read more

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Will delta dental of ma cover gold teeth? Will delta dental cover gold teeth? If not... How much does this usually cost. My wisdom tooth came thru and crowded my teeth. Two of my front teeth are starting to push thru the front of my gum. I'm just wondring

Will delta dental of ma cover gold teeth? Will delta dental cover gold teeth? If not... How much does this usually cost. My wisdom tooth came thru and crowded my teeth. Two of my front teeth are starting to push thru the front of my gum. I'm just wondring

Maybe, see a Dentist: Many dental insurance contracts are written specifically to allow benefits for crown only when the tooth is sufficiently broken down. They may also only cover the least costly metal (not gold) crown. Also, there may be a clause in your insurance contract stating you have to be covered for a certain amount of time (like 1 year) before they pay benefits for major category dental procedures. ...Read more

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1 week since my wisdom tooth is extracted, is it possible for a dental cleaning even if I can't fully open my mouth? Can they make some fillings on?

1 week since my wisdom tooth is extracted, is it possible for a dental cleaning even if I can't fully open my mouth? Can they make some fillings on?

Not recommended: Wait 2-3 weeks for complete recovery and normal range of motion. This way your recovery from oral surgery will be comfortable and rapid as possible. ...Read more

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Dental problem in IVF hi all, we started our IVF cycle 2 days back with birth control pills. My wife will go on to injections from next to next week. My wife had a wisdom tooth which started giving her pain now and I am not sure on how to proceed. This

Dental problem in IVF hi all, we started our IVF cycle 2 days back with birth control pills. My wife will go on to injections from next to next week. My wife had a wisdom tooth which started giving her pain now and I am not sure on how to proceed. This

Generally: Generally speaking it is preferable to avoid illness or additional medication during the ivf cycle. However, medical and dental issues also need to be addressed and resolved to optimize outcomes with ivf. So there is always a balance. I would recommend that you find out from your dentist exactly what they need to do, then speak with your ivf doctor. He or she is also invested in making sure you have the best outcome and can adjust your calendar or protocol if needed. ...Read more

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My daughter has tooth abscess on the right and left sides lower teeth, she has 5 years, what is the cause and cure? Is it dangrous?

Tooth abscess: The tooth may have a cavity which may be causing a localized infection. Since she is five, the tooth is deciduous (baby tooth). A chronic infection could impact or damage the permanent tooth underneath the infected one.
She needs dental care asap. ...Read more

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Why does a tooth abscess not spread and cause an infection of the other teeth?

Why does a tooth abscess not spread and cause an infection of the other teeth?

You're right...: Most tooth abscesses rarely affect adjacent teeth. This is a remarkable sign of a healthy immune system that can hold the infection 'at bay.' the infection tends affect the supporting bone and not destroy blood supply or nerves. If the cause of the infection is removed (extraction or root canal) our bodies can heal the affected bone while the blood/nerves still survive. Amazing isn't it? ...Read more

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I had a severe tooth abscess the infected teeth were removed it's been a little over 24 hours and the swelling has only went down slightly.

I had a severe tooth abscess the infected teeth were removed it's been a little over 24 hours and the swelling has only went down slightly.

Call dentist: Did your dentist prescribe antibiotics in addition? Call the dentist to make sure that the swelling is normal. There is always some swelling after an extraction on a normal basis and it may take a while due to the severity of the infection. Check with the dentist to alleviate any concerns. ...Read more

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