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Is Tooth Abscess Pus Contagious
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
Maybe: The removal of an infected tooth usually has discomfort. Sometimes it can be painful depending on how involved the extraction is, if the patient is a smoker, if the patient is non compliant with after care instructions, etc. Usually most patients recover fine and pain medications will help them get through the first few days. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infection: An abscessed tooth is a tooth that has an infection, must commonly from the nerve dying from decay (or trauma) and then the tissue inside the canals of the tooth work their way out to the tip of the root(s) and cause an acute infection in the bone. A tooth can also have an abscess from other causes such as periodontal disease or from a fractured or perforated root. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask the French: Probably more important to get that darned thing drained so you don't develop serious complications. And as far as being "contageous,"you've probably got residual inflammation for a few days after it is drained, so as long as you don't cough in someone's face or do any French kissing you won't pass it on. It may recur if no antibiotics are taken (or even with) so keep an "eye" on it for a while ...Read more
Yes: If by "eye pus" you mean discharge from your eye, the most common cause is bacterial buildup and resulting mucus discharge in your tear film. Though this is not a true infection, good eyelid hygiene (warm scrubs with baby shampoo) can clear it up. But thick yellow discharge, especially accompanied with eye swelling and burning, can indicateinfection with a virus or bacteria requiring treatment. ...Read more
What is involved in draining a gum (periodontal) abscess to rid infection. Is it highly successful without the need for tooth extraction?
Maybe: The abscess formed because an infection inside the tooth drained out into the jaw and then through the gum. You must get rid of the original infection before you can get rid of the abscess. A properly done root canal or a tooth extraction are the only two ways to accomplish this. If advanced gum disease is also present then the tooth usually must be removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If antibiotics treat acne and iradicate pus why wouldn't it do the same for periodontal gum abscess that does not involve tooth root? Always incise?
Depend on size: The decision on whether to incise a lesion or not depends on the clinical impression by your doctor of the abscess at the time of treatment. Often you need a combination of antibiotics and incision. In the mouth it's a little different than treating acne due to the environment the abscess is in. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Chronic dental fistula for 1yr caused by tooth extraction, hole in sinus closed now, no sinus symptoms. 2 failed ops. Still pus draining. Any ideas?
Infection present: Neutrophils or certain white blood cells are the first line of defense against infection. This makes up most of the pus you see. You most likely still have infection present. Whether it is from dying bone or residual tooth root, or a consistent draining from the sinus. I wouldn't be able to tell with out an x-ray. If you have pus draining it could be from another tooth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer