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Treating Abscessed Tooth
Still have cheek swelling after treating a tooth abscess. Does that mean the infection had gone into the cheek?
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
I'm on amoxicillin for cold but have abscessed tooth for over a month. How long should I wait before treating the tooth?
Don't Wait: Something's not right...Amoxicillin is not indicated for the treatment of a cold. You shouldn't be taking that. Furthermore, an infected tooth will never heal itself, even if the pain and swelling eventually get better. You should have the tooth treated immediately. A month is already far too long. How long would you wait to treat an infection anywhere else in your body? Not that long, i hope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an abscessed tooth, but it doesn't hurt. Is that normal or as serious as one that does hurt?
Very serious: An abscess is an abscess, it is an infection inside your jaw, with pain or no pain it is causing damage not only to the tooth but to the bone, the gums and the surrounding teeth, it will not go away by itself and it may flare up any time.. Ignore your teeth and they will ignore you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: An abscessed tooth (or any infection) is a serious situation which if left untreated can cause serious complications and can even be life threatening. There are no home remedies to cure the problem. Otc pain medication and salt water rinses are only temporary measures until you see your dentist. You need to see a dentist immediately for antibiotic coverage and definitive treatment. Period! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can I do if the meds for an abscessed tooth is not helping with the pain and stopping me from eating?
Not always: Often chronic infections fester until all of a sudden they flare up with pain and swelling. I have seen chronic infections, unknown to patients for years until they become acute or are discovered on x-rays. That it why it is so important to get routine dental exams and x-rays. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Symptoms or X-ray: Tooth pain can be from the live nerve inside a tooth or an abscess outside the tooth. Nerve pain is usually sharp and triggered by cold, hot, sweet or a crack. It is usually difficult to feel which tooth is the cause and can even refer to the other jaw. An abscess hurts when you bite, or push on the gum near tip of the root. It is usually easy to locate. Sometimes no pain if it self drained. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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