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I got a tooth abscess about 4 months ago and it hurt and swelled and had pus that would come out if I squeezed or pushed on it....for the last 2-3 months it is still there but no pus and it is really hard now...should I be concerned???

I got a tooth abscess about 4 months ago and it hurt and swelled and had pus that would come out if I squeezed or pushed on it....for the last 2-3 months it is still there but no pus and it is really hard now...should I be concerned???

Why are you waiting?: You are about four months late in making a dental appointment. The abscess will not resolve on its own. Please call a dentist for an appointment ASAP. Infections can spread causing problems throughout your body. ...Read more

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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Can swallowing the pus drainage from gum abscess/cracked tooth abscess cause blood poisoning?

Can swallowing the pus drainage from gum abscess/cracked tooth abscess cause blood poisoning?

No: Swallowing the pus will not cause the infection to spread but if the infection is left untreated the bacteria can get into your bloodstream and cause more serious illness ...Read more

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How can I relieve my tooth abscess?

How can I relieve my tooth abscess?

Antibiotics: And drainage. But ultimately you need to address the source of the abscess: the tooth. Seek a qualified dentist. ...Read more

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How do I know I have a tooth abscess?

How do I know I have a tooth abscess?

Symptoms and exam: Some abscesses show symptoms such as pain when chewing, red and/or swollen gums, a fistula, etc. Abscesses that are chronic and not painful are found by x-ray and exam. ...Read more

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Please tell me how to cure a tooth abscess?

Please tell me how to cure a tooth abscess?

Dentist needed: A tooth abscess is an infection. Infections like this require an antibiotic. The antibiotic helps to control the infection but may not remove all the infection. Your dentist can best determine the exact cause of the infection so that it can be properly managed. An antibiotic alone may not cure the problem at all. ...Read more

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Need help. I've got a tooth abscess, I think?

See a dentist: A clinical evaluation with the appropriate x-ray (s) by a dentist can help diagnose if your abscess is related to a tooth, and what treatment should be performed to treat your problem. ...Read more

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What should I do with tooth abscess in toddlers?

See dental provider: A general dentist or pediatric dentist is where to go. Sadly most all abscesses in baby teeth mean extraction of the tooth. Please take your child in right away! Know too that children should be seen by age 1 for their first dental visit and check up to try to get them used to it and to catch things as early as possible. Avoid sweets between meals and no juice/milk to bed-it will destroy them. ...Read more

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What do you take to ease the pain of a tooth abscess?

What do you take to ease the pain of a tooth abscess?

Pain due to tooth: Try Ibuprofen 600mg every 6hrs (if you are allowed to take it). If the pain does not subside, you may also supplement with 500mg tylenol (acetaminophen). Visit your dentist/endodontist asap, as a root canal is needed regardless. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tooth abscess?

What is the definition or description of: tooth abscess?

Infected 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 canal therapy. Take care.. ...Read more

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Once the tooth abscess heals, does it have to be extracted?

Once the tooth abscess heals, does it have to be extracted?

Eliminate the source: A tooth abscess is likely due to the nerve in the tooth or the periodontium (gums & bone) around the tooth. Once you remove the source of infection & see what's left, you may be able to save more than you thought including the tooth. You need a professional exam plus a root canal, gum treatment (a cleaning or more), or possibly that extraction you're trying to avoid. The sooner, the better. ...Read more

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Spots in vision from tooth abscess?

Not typical: An abcessed tooth will not typically effect your vision. There is something else going on here. Did you have trauma? Was this spontaneous? See an opthomologist for an evaluation asap. ...Read more

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Can a bad tooth abscess cause dizziness?

Yes: Yes. Remember an abscess is an infection and must be treated with antibiotics and some sort of dental treatment. ...Read more

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Why would a deciduous baby tooth abscess?

Why would a deciduous baby tooth abscess?

Decay: A deciduous tooth, like a secondary or permanent tooth can have an abscess if bacteria get into the pulp tissue. Bacteria decay the tooth, and if untreated, it can abscess. A deciduous tooth can be saved by having a root canal treatment, if a second tooth is not coming. Ask your dentist for a referral to an endodontist if they don't do root canal treatment on a primary tooth. ...Read more

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Can you take amoxicillin for tooth abscess?

Can you take amoxicillin for tooth abscess?

Not always 1st choic: Amoxicillin is not always the first choice for a tooth abscess. Simple pen v-k is very effective & if it is a recurring abscess, Clindamycin is next best. All depends on the severity of the problem & of course if you are allergic to certain antibiotics. I wouldn't take it as a matter of fact, see your dentist & decide. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a tooth abscess?

See a dentist: A tooth abcess can become a severe problem if left untreated. You may need root canal treatment or extraction.
See a dentist. ...Read more

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Can clindamycin be making my tooth abscess throb?

Antibiotics take tim: Antibiotics taken for an absccessed tooth take time to begin to have a positive effect. In some cases, the infection can be resistant. To answer your question, the throbbing is not likely caused by the clindamycin, but by the abscess. Additionally, the medicine will never solve your tooth problem, and even if it feels better it will return unless a root canal or extraction is completed. ...Read more

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How long can a tooth abscess go without treatment?

It varies: Unfortunately, there is no set answer on this. Everyone responds differently to the infection process. It is strongly advised to have this type of problem attended to as soon as you possibly can to prevent the infection from spreading and causing some serious illness. ...Read more

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How can I treat the pain of tooth abscess/ infection?

How can I treat the pain of tooth abscess/ infection?

See a dentist ASAP: If you have a toothache, you may have a cavity, wisdom teeth or advanced gum disease or tooth abscess. A tooth pain won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. You can use NSAID OTC or Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain control. See a dentist ASAP for assessment. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the pain of tooth abscess/ infection?

See any dentist: To drain the dental abscess. If not treated, a serious dental abscess can eventually kill. The infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. The antibiotics (Penicillin is the most common) will give you only a temporary relief. See any dentist for examination, x-rays and treatment. ...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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How can a root canal stop the pain from a tooth abscess?

How can a root canal stop the pain from a tooth abscess?

It cleans: Root canal treatment cleans out the bacteria inside the canals and seals the space to prevent bacteria from reinfecting it. When there no new bacterial keep reinfecting the area,
the body's immune system wins by cleaning out the abscess outside of the canals. ...Read more

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Can rinsing with salt water too much cause a tooth abscess?

No: Warm salt water has a cleaning and healing effect on the gums. It will not cause a tooth abscess. ...Read more

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Broadleaf plantain--how do I prepare it for a tooth abscess?

Broadleaf plantain--how do I prepare it for a tooth abscess?

See a dentist: Or a dental surgeon. Like all abscesses, tooth abscesses are pockets of pus that require drainage. That means that the dentist will need to drill through the decayed enamel into the infected dentin and pulp of the teeth to release the infection. Doing this may save the tooth but will prevent a bone infection of the jaw or a bacterial blood infection. ...Read more

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Help please! Is amoxicillian+clavulanic ok for tooth abscess?

Yes: You are referring to augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). It is an accepted combination antibiotic. It is not without risk, as it tends to lead to feminine yeast infections, or possibly GI disruptions as well. Your tooth abscess will not completely resolve without dental treatment of either root canal therapy or tooth extraction though. Plan on temporary relief if only antibiotics are used. ...Read more

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Tooth abscess and gum abscess? Could one have caused the other?

Yes: A gum abscess, if left untreated, may destroy the supporting bone loss and eventually involved the bone around the apex, then the bacteria would have access to the nerve via the apex and cause tooth abscess (endodontal abscess). This is called perio-endo lesion. A tooth abscess, if left untreated, cause pulpal necrosis, cystic formation, drainage to the gum tissue causing gum abcess (endo-perio). ...Read more

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Can a tooth abscess cause permanant swelling and damage to face?

Can a tooth abscess cause permanant swelling and damage to face?

Unlikely: I have seen a draining tract from a tooth abscess extending to the outside of the face on the cheek. However, as the tooth is extracted (too severe bone loss), the area heals well with minimal scarring. However, early treatment will be very beneficial and inexpensive than wait. ...Read more

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Can I cut amoxicillin and take only half dose? I have tooth abscess

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Can I cut amoxicillin and take only half dose? I have tooth abscess

See a dentist: You must treat the source of the infection, not only the symptoms. Therefore, you need to clean out the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria which is the source of the infection. The antibiotics cannot reach the source of the infection. See a dentist for more information, recommendation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that amoxicillin will work against tooth abscess?

Is it actually true that amoxicillin will work against tooth abscess?

Yes: The Amoxicillin will contain the infection and prevent it from worsening. However, see a dentist to effectively treat the tooth and the infection asap. ...Read more

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...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