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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

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 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 can I loosen an abscessed tooth?

How can I loosen an abscessed tooth?

DIY Dentistry: Teeth are not easily "loosened". In many instances a dentist needs to section the tooth and remove it in pieces. Don't try to be your own dentist... Give a local dentist a call and be properly taken care of. ...Read more

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How can abscessed tooth cause damage?

How can abscessed tooth cause damage?

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 more

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What will a dr do for abscessed tooth?

What will a dr do for abscessed tooth?

Abscess: It is very important you go see your dentist. You may need a root canal or even an extraction. You need to see your dentist as soon as possible an untreated infection can cause serious health issues including death. ...Read more

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What is done to fix an abscessed tooth?

What is done to fix an abscessed tooth?

Find the cause: An abscessed tooth could be caused by different reasons. Go to see a dentist to find out what the problem is and treat accordingly. ...Read more

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Can an abscessed tooth heal on its own?

Can an abscessed tooth heal on its own?

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 more

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How can I help treat an abscessed tooth?

How can I help treat an abscessed tooth?

Get Seen Immediately: A tooth abcess can have severe consequences. Whatever the cost you should get evaluation so that you can continue to live a normal life. They may need to give you antibiotics or pull your tooth. Good luck! ...Read more

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Would i know if i had an abscessed tooth?

Would i know if i had an abscessed tooth?

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 more

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I have an abscessed tooth! what should I do?

I have an abscessed tooth! what should I do?

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 more

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Does having an abscessed tooth affect vision?

Does having an abscessed tooth affect vision?

Not normally: Perhaps if the swelling was so bad that the eye became shut or if pain caused excessive tearing, it might affect vision. It is normally not related. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Weisbrot
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Abscessed Tooth (Definition)

When the pulp becomes infected, the toxic products filter thru the opening at the end of the root. Your immune system responds by forming inflammatory tissue at the expense of bone.This tissue then can fill w/ ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,490 doctors shared insights

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