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Is It Better To Use Ice Or Heat On An Infected Tooth
Ice: Heat should never be used. Ice can help with an anti-inflammatory effect as well as to provide some slight numbness to the area but a true infection needs to be evaluated and treated by an appropriate treating provider. ...Read more
It has been roughly a month since my wisdom teeth wereremoved. I am now having swelling, tenderness, and heat in my jaw area. Is it possible that my bone is infected?
Possibly: It is a possibility that you have infection in that area. I'd go back to the dentist who removed it and have it checked. ...Read more
Went to Er for face swelling n tooth pain took 5 penicillin vk should the swelling be going down should I use ice or heat for swelling n salt water?
Great expectations: Antibiotics will not cure an abscess, just control the infection until it can actually be physically treated (root canal/crown or extraction/implant/crown). Facial swelling means infection is already swelling. If you are taking penicillin 4x/day it may take 48-72 hours for swelling to begin to go down. Do NOT stop taking PCN prematurely. Unless you see Dentist infection will return. Go now. ...Read more
See a dentist: Antibiotics will only help control the infection so that a dentist can treat the tooth. Once infected, treatment is required ASAP to prevent the infection from spreading. How long would you wait to treat a broken arm or a kidney stone? These types of medical conditions require urgent care. Make the call. ...Read more
Probably not: Bactrin is not normally prescribed for tooth infections. You need to make an appointment with a local dentist to have the tooth evaluated and treated. Antibiotics will not fix the problem. ...Read more
If the infection is bad enough and your immune system is depressed, the infection can spread infecting your blood (septicemia) and take you to coma and.....
So before thinking in dying, it would be wise to think in treating the infected tooth with antibiotics to kill the germ responsible for the infection and/or have the tooth extracted if the doctor advises so. Treat the cause. ...Read more
Yes: You can eat. You may have less pain now that the accessed popped but you still have the infection. It still needs treatment. It is not a good thing to let this infection continue, your immune system is being overworked. See a dentist about this asap. ...Read more
Signs, see DDS: Pain, swelling, & fever are the three cardinal signs of an infection. Therefore, if the pain is not going away or getting worse, you have swelling all of a sudden when you didn't before or the swelling is getting worse, or you have a fever with no other apparent cause, all signs of an infection. You shouldn't have to figure this out for yourself. See your dentist for routine post-op care. ...Read more
Symptoms: If swelling gets larger instead of smaller. I f you are feeling worse instead of better. These are a couple of examples. Best answer if any concern is to return to your dentist to evaluate for you. ...Read more
It could be: It depends on the extent of the infection, but an untreated serious infection could lead to massive swelling and airway blockage--this would be life threatening. This usually happens when there has been an infection that has been left untreated for some time and it gradually builds to a serious infection. Any swelling associated with infection should be taken very seriously. ...Read more
Probable Infection: Get to your dentist now.Get a more detailed answer ›
See a dentist and MD: If you have an infected tooth it needs to be treated asap. I would also confirm that the light headedness is truly related to the tooth and not something else. See a qualified dentist asap with possibly needing to see your md as well. ...Read more
A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay. This is usually repairable by removing the decay and restoring the tooth with a filling or a crown.
An infected tooth is an infection of the nerve of the tooth. This is usually caused by deep, untreated decay, but can also be caused by trauma, like a blow to the tooth. An infected tooth is treated by a root canal procedure. ...Read more
Thermal Sensitivity: Any number of causes, including but not limited to cavities, loose or cracked filling, cracked tooth, or trauma. Best bet is to see a local dentist for an exam. ...Read more
Prescription: Did your dentist prescribe this medication? If so, it's OK. If not, and you are self medicating, it is not OK. You need to see a dentist to evaluate your condition and advise you of what meds to take and have that tooth extracted. Feel better soon... ...Read more
Spreading Infection: An infection that spreads to other parts of your body can have severe consequences, including death. Have yourself treated ASAP. ...Read more
Don't treat: Yourself. See a dentist ASAP.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a infected tooth how long does it take the anitbotics to get into my system and stop hurting?
24-48 hours: But remember, antibiotic only controls infection in/around a tooth...doesn't cure it. When the course of antibiotics is over, pain and infection will come roaring right back. You need definitive dental treatment to remove all infected tissue. See your Dentist for appropriate treatment. ...Read more
I have a tooth that is sensitive to heat and cold and it also seems to hurt when I bite a certain way. What could cause this?
My muller's are growing in and the right side has an odd oder, in that back area. Is it infected? Should I get the tooth removed
Seek evaluation: It sounds like it could be your wisdom teeth coming in. The odor could be coming from food or a low grade infection under the gum surrounding the erupting tooth. Wisdom teeth should be evaluated by a dentist to determine if you have room for them or should have them extracted. ...Read more
Been taking penicillin for two days for an infected tooth. Tooth still hurting really bad, how long should it be before I feel relief?
Depends: The tooth may respond well to penicillin, and perhaps it may deemed to be a less effective medication. As to pain relief, it takes time for the antibiotic to work, at least 48 hours for significant help. There are factors that make this harder/easier: the density of the bone, the drainage or lack thereof of inflammatory fluids, vascularization of the area (blood brings the medicine), so it depends. ...Read more
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