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How Painful Can An Abscessed Tooth Be
Can a tooth usually be saved if it has an abscess? I have an extremely painful abscessed tooth that i'm going to see my dentist about in two days. I'm really worried that i will lose the tooth, and would rather have a root canal or almost anything else th
I : I congratulate you for knowing the importance of saving teeth as opposed to unnecessary extraction. Without an exam and x-ray it's hard to know your exact situation but in most cases you can opt for a root canal instead of losing your tooth. This will depend on the extent and nature of the abcess and the amount of tooth structure left. Stick with the concept of saving it if possible. ...Read moreSee 5 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
Here are a few: Untreated tooth infections ususally progress by removing the bone in the area of the abscess. The longer you wait, the more is lost. Sometimes the teeth can become loose. Eventually this can result in a swelling or advanced infections. It is not uncommon for adjacent nerve structures to become infected leading to numbness. Treat them early and dont wait. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO: Abscess tooth can stop the pain on its own with establishing drainage through a fistula tract on the gum near the abscess tooth, or drain through the gum crevice around the affected tooth. However, continuous draining will cause bone loss either at the apex or at the side of tooth bony wall. It may develop a cyst slowly. It is rather a slow process (a year easily) so you can plan for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always: Often chronic infections fester until all of a sudden they flare up with pain and swelling. I have seen chronic infections, unknown to patients for years until they become acute or are discovered on x-rays. That it why it is so important to get routine dental exams and x-rays. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See your dentist: Oral pain can be caused by many things. Identifying the origin of the pain will assist the doctor in making the appropriate diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made a treatment plan will guide you to relief. Call your dentist today to get some help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: An abscessed tooth (or any infection) is a serious situation which if left untreated can cause serious complications and can even be life threatening. There are no home remedies to cure the problem. Otc pain medication and salt water rinses are only temporary measures until you see your dentist. You need to see a dentist immediately for antibiotic coverage and definitive treatment. Period! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Disaster in waiting: You may be waiting for a disaster to happen. You may wake up with a swollen jaw or may have trouble breathing and need to go to the emergency room for them to save your life. And with murphy's law it will happen when you can least afford for it to happen. See a dentist to have the tooth or teeth treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain, toothloss.: Abscess will cause pain, localized bone loss, and then ultimately tooth loss. Life threatening situation is possible but rarely occur. It is easily treatable, so why wait? If financial is a problem, take the nerve out, establish drainage, then save for the rest. Worst case, take the tooth out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms or X-ray: Tooth pain can be from the live nerve inside a tooth or an abscess outside the tooth. Nerve pain is usually sharp and triggered by cold, hot, sweet or a crack. It is usually difficult to feel which tooth is the cause and can even refer to the other jaw. An abscess hurts when you bite, or push on the gum near tip of the root. It is usually easy to locate. Sometimes no pain if it self drained. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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