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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


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I may have some kind of oral infection or abscess, how can I find out?

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I may have some kind of oral infection or abscess, how can I find out?

See a doctor: The only reliably appropriate way to determine if an infection is present is to see a doctor or dentist. ...Read more

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Could oral sex cause an abscess?

Could oral sex cause an abscess?

Yes, but....: Oral sex can transmit genital herpes to the mouth resulting in a abscess like lesion in the soft tissue of the mouth. The chances of it causing a tooth's nerve related abscess are highly unlikely. ...Read more

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Can oral thrush cause tooth abscess?

Can oral thrush cause tooth abscess?

Definitely, no: In most cases, Candida infection can be controlled with anti-fungal medication. See your dentist for evaluation and thrush and tooth treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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Does oral sex cause the Bartholin's cyst abscess?

Does oral sex cause the Bartholin's cyst abscess?

Probably not!: Got me there! i din't think so, but there are no published papers suggesting that oral sex causes these cysts. There are factors asuch as diabetes, weight issues that are far more important! ...Read more

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If you're boyfriend gives you oral sex on your breasts could that give you an abscess?

If you're boyfriend gives you oral sex on your breasts could that give you an abscess?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely that saliva would lead to a skin infection. But, if he caused trauma or a break in the skin then we could begin to blame that experience for the infection. ...Read more

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Abscess after extraction. One oral antibiotic, 2 diff IV antibiotics but still have abscess.. What now?

Needs drainage: antibiotics alone are usually not enough to treat an abscess, no matter where the abscess is. You need to return to the dentist/oral surgeon and have a drainage procedure performed. ...Read more

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Is there any way oral surgeon can tell if there is abscess at the tooth?

Is there any way oral surgeon can tell if there is abscess at the tooth?

Any dentist or OS: An oral surgeon or any dentist can determine by physical examination if there is a dental abscess. Once he/she has identified a suspect tooth, they'll then perform additional testing like pulp vitality or x-ray that can to confirm their suspicions. ...Read more

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When does dental abscess become an emergency? In severe cases is incision, drainage, removal best done immediately or after a course of oral abx?

Dangerous triangle : Dental abscess becomes very dangerous if it lies very close to brain .. Like upper area where premolars and molars are. I;d should be performed when the swelling is becoming ripe or soft to establish an exit for the pus ..This procedure should be followed with course if antibiotic .. Then the cause of the infection should be assessed and dealt with ...Read more

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I have a knot inside of my jawline after my oral surgery to remove 2 abscessed teeth i was wondering what it could be and how i could fix it.

I have a knot inside of my jawline after my oral surgery to remove 2 abscessed teeth i was wondering what it could be and how i could fix it.

Maybe inflammed node: Lymph nodes get inflammed and palpable when infection present..Check with your dentist if antibiotics were not given..If given and extraction was recently done should disappear within a week..Good toget it checked .. ...Read more

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Besides perio maintenance visits, good home oral hygiene and dieting is there anything else i can do to avoid another disasterous gum abscess?

Besides perio maintenance visits, good home oral hygiene and dieting is there anything else i can do to avoid another disasterous gum abscess?

Consider.: I have had great patient success with perioprotect for non-surgical periodontal therapy. www.perioprotect.com this system of easily worn, soft rubber trays that you fill with a low concentration hydrogen peroxide solution works quite well. ...Read more

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I cut my pinky its swollen with white to yellow dots and abscesses. Do I use mupirocin cream AFTER its already infected or use an oral amoksicillin?

I cut my pinky its swollen with white to yellow dots and abscesses. Do I use mupirocin cream AFTER its already infected or use an oral amoksicillin?

TooMuchMoxyForAmoksi: What,you have mupirocin & amoxixillin laying around unused? Well, then, firstly amoxicillin probably will not work for a skin infection & secondly,for an established infection of the skin, unless it is very superficial(like impetigo)it probably won't penetrate far enough to help much.You can try it,but don't hold your breath. With what you call"abscesses,"you best see a doc and get the proper care ...Read more

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I don't have enough money to pay for oral surgery but have had periodontal abscess since april 8th. On 2 different antibiotics for 5 days w/out relief?

Perio: I am sorry for your financial situation but unfortunately the pain and infection will not truly go away until the source is removed. Whether extraction, osseous surgery, etc, the source of the infection needs to be treated. Abx only limits dose for a while, but it will come back, even worse some times. Find a cheaper option like a dental school. ...Read more

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How is an oral cyst different from an abscess? My dentist says I have an oral cyst at the root of a molar. It doesn't hurt right now, but i'm really worried about what it could develop into. Do oral cysts tend to follow the same path as the infection of a

Periapical pathosis: Lesions at the root ends are usually granulomas or cysts. The only way to tell the difference is by removal and biopsy. These are the direct result of necrotic tissue in a root canal causing these inflammatory lesions. They occur on teeth needing a root canal or a previously treated root canal that is failing. Many are asymptomatic and only start to hurt when they become acute, filling w fluid or. ...Read more

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What is considered best: to have an abscessed tooth pulled by a dentist or remove by an oral surgeon?

What is considered best: to have an abscessed tooth pulled by a dentist or remove by an oral surgeon?

Depends: Procedures that go smoothly appear to be easy. Pre planning and training play a major role in how smoothly procedures go. One never knows what unexpected problems will occur and therefore i always recommend patients select the best trained person available. Good luck -. ...Read more

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Bleeding when spitting in morning I have white things in crypts often and my oral hygiene isnt the best tonsil stones causing bleeding? Abscess?

Bleeding when spitting in morning I have white things in crypts often and my oral hygiene isnt the best tonsil stones causing bleeding? Abscess?

Brush teeth,dentist: Overall it seems you have hit the most important thing on the head - improved oral hygiene! the bleeding can be from gum disease although more serious dental infections can do the same. If you have pain, difficulty swallowing and fever, an abscess could be there. White things are collections of food, etc in the tonsils and are common. ...Read more

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Went for oral surgery about 6 days ago on february 14th, i had 2 teeth extracted, #29 & #30. It seems to be healing well, but my concern is when the infection will go away. The infection in both teeth were pretty bad, and i had a abscess for over 6 years,

Soon: The surgeon cleaned out the socket after the extraction. You may or may not have been placed on antibiotics , depending on the judgement of the doctor. Your body has a wonderful capacity to heal itself once the source of the infection is removed (the tooth). ...Read more

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