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How can I get rid of my abscessed tooth without a dentist?

How can I get rid of my abscessed tooth without a dentist?

See your dentist: You really can't because you have to treat the problem. Just taking an antibiotic might get the infection down, but it won't solve the problem. You must see where it is coming from and it can spread! See the dentist. 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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Hi docs, would amoxicillin get rid of tooth abscess?

NO: You must treat the source of the infection.
The antibiotics will only be a temporary solution.
A tooth abscess is normally treated with a root canal or extraction and possibly in conjunction with
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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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What is the temporary treatment for a tooth abscess until I go to the dentist?

What is the temporary treatment for a tooth abscess until I go to the dentist?

Antibiotics: The antibiotic may calm down the abscess for a short time, but it takes 48 hours for antibiotics to work. Depending upon the size of the access, antibiotics may not be effective until after the access is drained, tooth removed, or pulp tissue removed. Don't rely on antibiotics to "buy you time" a tooth abscess is serious. Missing a day of work now, may keep you from missing a week or two later. Read more

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Can you get rid of an abscess without going to dentist as I am terrified of them also tooth has already been removed?

Can you get rid of an abscess without going to dentist as I am terrified of them also tooth has already been removed?

No: You need to see a licensed dentist to take care of your infected tooth. You may not see the root but its there and it's causing an infection underneath your gum and inside your body. There are many dentist out there who can perform a variety of sedation. Read more

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I have completed taking a course of Clindmacyin and Amoxcillin and now I'm out of Amoxcillin. I still have the tooth abscess and I can't get a dentist till Monday. What should I do?

I have completed taking a course of Clindmacyin and Amoxcillin and now I'm out of Amoxcillin. I still have the tooth abscess and I can't get a dentist till Monday. What should I do?

Find a dentist now: You should have seen a dentist while you were on the antibiotics. If they have not worked than you are probably dealing with a resistant strain of bacteria. Until you remove the source of the infection by extracting the tooth or getting a root canal you will continue to have worsening problems. I am sure you can find a dentist to see you before mon. If not then go to the er at your local hospital. Read more

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My dentist couldn't do anything about my tooth abscess. What can I do?

See Endodontist: Please clarify what you mean. Did he examine you? Give you advice that did not resolve the problem? Treat you and not resolve the problem?
If you have doubts about your dentist, get a second opinion from an Endodontist! Read more

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My front tooth abscess just drained. Is biotene wash ok to use or anything else? Waiting to go to the dentist.

My front tooth abscess just drained. Is biotene wash ok to use or anything else? Waiting to go to the dentist.

Rinse: Warm salt water rinses will do a better job than the biotene for your abcess. Use 2 tablespoons of salt in 1 glass of water. Swish around and spit. You can do this 4-6x day until you can get in with your dentist. Read more

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Have a tooth abscess for a week now. Do I continue with home remedies or go to Dentist? Swelling is way down with a little redness. Have no pain.

Have a tooth abscess for a week now. Do I continue with home remedies or go to Dentist? Swelling is way down with a little redness. Have no pain.

Home remedies?: There are no home remedies for dental treatment. You can go now, when your pain is not excruciating, or you can go when you're swollen and the pain is unbearable. Either way you will have to go. It just depends on how much you want to suffer. Read more

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What type of dentist should you see for a tooth abscess?

One with a license: See your general dentist who usually provides care for you. If he or she feels you need to see a specialist, you can be referred to the appropriate specialist for definitive treatment. Read more

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Feels like I have a tooth abscess, is tomorrow soon enough to see the dentist?

See your dentist: Yes see your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime use a little salt and water to try and get the abscess to drain. Don't delay seeing the dentist as you don't want drainige thru your body of the infection and bacteria. Read more

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Will my tooth abscess be okay until I can see a dentist?

Emegency visit: You need to see a dentist asap - the abscess can become quite serious. The longer you wait the harder it is to treat. Read more

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Can I pop my tooth abscess on my own it hurts really bad no way of getting to a dentist?

Can I pop my tooth abscess on my own it hurts really bad no way of getting to a dentist?

Dental intervention: Draining the abscess on your own may give temporary relief, but you may need the tooth removed, and you likely need a course of antibiotics. At the very least I would see a doctor, but a dentist is probably needed. Read more

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I developed tooth abscess 3 days ago. I'll see a dentist in another 3 days. Do you think it is ok to wait until then or I have to see him earlier?

Don't wait!: Any infection can spread quickly, causing very serious complications and can even be life threatening. First, your dentist has no way of knowing how dangerous it is without seeing you, and secondly you need to be placed on an appropriate antibiotic immediately anyway! We make sure we see our patients the same day. If your dentist can't see you, find another one, at least for this emergency. Read more

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Hello, I have an approximately 8 year old tooth abscess that has not been treated. Should I go to the dentist first, or to the ER?

Hello, I have an approximately 8 year old tooth abscess that has not been treated. Should I go to the dentist first, or to the ER?

You decide: You state you have lived with it for 8 years & not tended to it. The ER is full of acute trauma victims, heart attacks, gunshot wounds and the like. If you do go, expect to be sent to the waiting for hours while anyone with an urgent need is seen before you. Patients are seen in order of need, not based on time of arrival. Read more

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What should I do about my tooth abscess temporarily until I go to the dentist tomorrow?

What should I do about my tooth abscess temporarily until I go to the dentist tomorrow?

Saltwater rinse: Rinse with warm salt water as often as possible and take some antiinflamatory over the counter medication like advil (ibuprofen). Read more

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Tooth abscess dentist gave cipro (ciprofloxacin). Twice a day for 15 days is that safe seems. Like a long time. I herd it can be unsafe?

Tooth abscess dentist gave cipro (ciprofloxacin). Twice a day for 15 days is that safe seems. Like a long time. I herd it can be unsafe?

It can be taken but: It is not the best choice of antibiotic for tooth abscess but can be used.
Usual antibiotics used are amoxicillin, clindamycine, flagyl, amoxicillin/clavulnic combination, erythromycine.
Discuss with your dentist why you need it for 15 days and cipro, (ciprofloxacin) there may be a reason you were prescribed Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 15 days. Read more

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I was on 10 day regimen of penicillin for a tooth abscess. The dentist filled my tooth then pain seriously worsened. Now im taking clindamycin and starting fourth day. Still in severe pain.?

I was on 10 day regimen of penicillin for a tooth abscess. The dentist filled my tooth then pain seriously worsened. Now im taking clindamycin and starting fourth day. Still in severe pain.?

Abcess: If you had an abcessed tooth, then a filling is not the right treatment. The abcessed tooth would require a root canal treatment. If you had a root canal treatment, then possibly the new antibiotic needs to work. Sometimes adding a steroid can help. You may consult with an emdodontist, or root canal specialist, for a second opinion. Also make sure another tooth nearby isn't the culprit. Read more

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After a tooth extraction (for tooth abscess), does the dentist leave it so that there's a hole on the gum (where the tooth used to be)?

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After a tooth extraction (for tooth abscess), does the dentist leave it so that there's a hole on the gum (where the tooth used to be)?

Yes: After the tooth is removed. The dentist will clean out the infected tissues around the tooth. Then the blood will fill in where tooth used to be and form a clot. If the clot is lost prematurely you will get dry socket (quite painful). But, the clot (or the hole as you called it) will eventually be filled in by bone and gum tissue. 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