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Is it painful when they drain a dental abscess at the dentist office?

Is it painful when they drain a dental abscess at the dentist office?

Depends: A superficial abscess appearing adjacent to the tooth with no limitation or pain with opening your mouth can usually be drained with minimal discomfort. Incising and draining a dental abscess that has now involved deeper structures of the jaws or cervical spaces with limitation of opening could be quite painful unless you are deeply sedated or under general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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Why won't my dentist drain my dental abscess?

Why won't my dentist drain my dental abscess?

There are options: Draining a dental abscess is only required with the most serious infections. Dental abscesses can often be controlled by an oral antibiotic followed by more definitive care. ...Read more

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Can i pop a dental abscess? I think I have a dental abscess. It's soft and squishy. It doesn't really hurt but it's annoying. Already had the tooth drained or whatever dentists do. Can i pop it if I use a sterile needle?

See a dentist: You have an infection. It needs to be treated. Popping can relieve some of the pressure that you feel but it will not cure the infection. Please see a dentist and get this treated. Without treatment things will progress and get worse. You may not have so much pain because there can be drainage, but the infection is still there. It can effect the rest of your body. ...Read more

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Can a dentist tell me the benefits of rpe (regenerative periodontal endoscopy) and if it applies in any way to dental abscess intervention.

Can a dentist tell me the benefits of rpe (regenerative periodontal endoscopy) and if it applies in any way to dental abscess intervention.

New & Limited: The benefit of rpe is to avoid performing conventional periodontal flap surgery. Whether or not it is effective enough to replace mainstream treatment methods, in my opinion, still remains to be seen. Even the dentists who use this method report some limitations to its use. An abscess is an infection, which based upon the cause requires different methods to treat it accordingly. ...Read more

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How can I help dental abscess while waiting for dentist?

"emergency dentist": for emergency appointment or visit an "emergency dentist" for a temporary treatment, antibiotics or painkillers prescription.. ERs are not set for dental treatment or dentistry. For the "emergency dentist" near you call 1-800-dentist. Take care. ...Read more

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I got an X-ray done and my two cavities filled. If there was a serious tooth infection like a dental abscess, would my dentist have noticed?

Definitely, yes: Dental abscess is easy to diagnose by dental/medical history, symptoms dental examination, and x-rays. Dentists are well trained to rule out dental abscess or other oral infection. ...Read more

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What is the best method to drain a dental abscess?

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Scalpel by denitsr: The method of draining an abscess depends greatly on the location of the abscess. Some can not be reached to drain. Typically, an oral surgeon or a general dentist can drain near surface abscess with a scalpel and place a drain to ensure it drains completely. I would not attempt to do it yourself since there are anatomical considerations that make may make that dangerous. ...Read more

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How much would it cost to drain a dental abscess without insurance?

Hard to tell: It's impossible to give you a precise quote, but should involve a charge for a consultation, probably an x-ray, and then the charge for an incision and drainage, possibly even under I.V. Sedation. The charge could range from $150-$300 or more. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Achong
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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


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dental Abscess (Definition)

A dental abscess happens from 3 main causes. 1) trauma 2) decay 3) periodontal disease. The first two are easier to treat. When a tooth has an abscess with a periodontal component the outcomes can be successful, but ...Read more