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How To Get Rid Of Abscessed Tooth
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
Not a DIY project: You need professional help to determine the cause of the pain (cavity, infection, abscess, fracture, hyper function, etc.) and then to select the correct rx to treat the problem. Can't do this yourself. Otc pain relievers will only take the edge off temporarily as the underlying problem worsens. Please call a professional, call a dentist, and have your problem evaluated and then treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Well...: The the decay will not fix itself on its own, so you need a dentist to restore the teeth if they are even restorable. If you are referring to extractions, then again, a dentist is trained and educated to properly extract teeth. I know of no other healthcare professional trained to do these procedures, therefore you will need the services of a dentist in your area. ...Read more
Teeth: You cannot get rid of a cavity. That is why you need a dentist. If the cavity is real small then you can discuss with a dentist about a type of tooth paste called mi paste which can reverse the cavity but only if it's small enough. Otherwise, the dentist will need to fill the cavity. A cavity is a hole in your tooth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Often the best way to get rid of wisdom tooth pain is to remove the wisdom tooth. If the tooth has enough room and is just starting to erupt (teething!) through the gum tissue, keeping the area clean and staying healthy (and time) helps. If the pain continues, see your dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Ice then heat: The swelling secondary to an extraction will peak 24-48 hours after the surgery. For the first 24 hours you should apply ice packs to the outside of the face, 15 minutes on-15 minutes off. After that you can use warm moist compresses. 24 hours after surgery you should also start rinsing with warm salt water. Nsaid's like advil (ibuprofen) help. These things along with time will allow the swelling to resolve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Massage/warm wet tow: Massaging the numb area gently will increase the blood flow to that spot and help the more rapid metabolism of the anesthetic. A warm, moist towel will do the same thing. Moving your jaw around to exercise the jaw muscles will help. Definitely let your dentist know if the numbness lasts more than 5 hours, and don't eat while you're numb. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Oral surgeon: See the oral surgeon. Many infections are so severe that drains must be placed to allow the infection to be released. This is not uncommon in facial swelling. Most often, though, it just takes time after the tooth is treated/extracted and the antibiotics complete their work. You might even need a second course of different antibiotics. Nothing to fool around with -- be seen right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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