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Tooth abscess or mastoiditis symptooms?

Tooth abscess or mastoiditis symptooms?

Different symptoms: See your dentist if you think you have an abscess in your mouth or you have dental pain. Mastoiditis needs immediate care by an md. ...Read more

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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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Does an abscess tooth extraction hurt?

Does an abscess tooth extraction hurt?

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 more

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Can an untreated dental abscess be fatal?

Can an untreated dental abscess be fatal?

Definitely, yes: If not treated, a serious dental abscess can eventually kill. The death from tooth abscess is not rare. Boston study (2008) found that 66 patients died due to dental abscess. ...Read more

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Can abscessed tooth cause facial cellulitis?

Can abscessed tooth cause facial cellulitis?

Yes: If the abscess is not treated properly, the infection can spread causing facial cellulitis, potentially life threatening. ...Read more

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Can deep tooth decay lead to death if gone untreated?

Can deep tooth decay lead to death if gone untreated?

Yes: Extensive decay can lead to serious infection. In the upper jaw that infection can get to your brain. In the lower jaw an infection can progress under your jaw closing off your throat. This is called ludwig's angina. Just recently an untreated boy died in baltimore. ...Read more

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Symptoms of tooth abscess near crown?

Symptoms of tooth abscess near crown?

Perio or endo: If the abscess is draining, usually you will have slightly raised gum and very little pain. However, if the abscess is not draining or if the fistula (draining tube) is obstructed, you will have swollen gum and more pain. If your tooth abscess is near the gum, your dentist will also check out your gum condition in addition to your tooth because it can be cracked tooth and/or gum disease. ...Read more

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How serious is an abscessed wisdom tooth?

How serious is an abscessed wisdom tooth?

Abscessed Tooth: Serious enough to get you to the dentist and on treatment. Please do not wait. Go today. ...Read more

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How quickly can a tooth infection (abscess) spread?

How quickly can a tooth infection (abscess) spread?

Very fast: It depends on a lot of factors such as how strong your immune system is, how agressive the bacteria are, and the location of the tooth. ...Read more

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How to prevent wisdom tooth socket abscess?

How to prevent wisdom tooth socket abscess?

Oral surgeon: Make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral surgeon. Few complication. He/she will give you a complete list of postop instructions. ...Read more

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Could getting root canal on abscessed tooth hurt?

Could getting root canal on abscessed tooth hurt?

Should not: To the contrary, the root canal should relieve the pain! proper anesthesia should prevent pain during the procedure! ...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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Does every gum abscesses require either root canal or tooth extraction?

No,: No. Some gum abscesses might be periodontal in nature and you might just need to have a deep cleaning with local anesthesia to clear up the infection. ...Read more

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Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

Dental caries, tooth decay:  causes?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque are exposed to sugars and metabolize the sugars into acid. Plaque is sticky and concentrates the acid onto the enamal of your teeth which dissolves it creating a cavity. Plaque without sugar or starch wil not cause decay. Sugar without plaque will not cause decay. Acid alone, like lemons, will dissolve enamal and can cause decay, . ...Read more

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Toothache and abscess, brain infection related?

Possible: There have been documented cases of death due to an abscessed tooth draining into the brain region, one such sad case of a child who's parents could not afford the antibiotics and chose to buy the pain medicine. ...Read more

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Can penicillin treat a tooth abscess?

Can penicillin treat a tooth abscess?

It will help..: .. control the infection, but it does not solve your problem. You still need to see a dentist to address the cause of the abscess, otherwise it will return. ...Read more

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Could abscessed tooth cause spinal damage?

Possibley: Under rare circumstances, an abscess in one part of the body can spread to another part. The spinal damage would have to be related to infection in the spine from the same bacteria that caused the dental abscess. ...Read more

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Can tooth infections spread?

Can tooth infections spread?

Yes: Tooth infections can spread very easily and rapidly. See a dentist and get treated asap. The infection can spread underneath the tongue, to the back of the throat and sometimes up your face and around the eye depending on the location of the infection. ...Read more

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Can an abscessed tooth kill me?

Can an abscessed tooth kill me?

Not likely; but....: If you have an abscessed tooth it would best be treated. Infections in the body can create the potential for other problems. There is no benefit to leaving an abscess alone. Please seek treatment if you do indeed have an abscess. ...Read more

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An abscess tooth untreated for many years can cause bodily infections, but can it cause asthma-like symptoms (excessive mucus, airway constriction) ?

An abscess tooth untreated for many years can cause bodily infections, but can it cause asthma-like symptoms (excessive mucus, airway constriction) ?

It is a possibility: The bacteria from an infected gums travels through the blood stream to other areas/organs of the body can cause bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) can also make you generally ill, effect any body system and cause cause asthma-like symptoms. Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive, it may prevent general health problems. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you leave an abscessed tooth untreated?

Get treatment ASAP: An abcessed tooth is an infection. It is important to get infections treated quickly. An untreated infection can progress and get more painful, more swelling, and spread thru the rest of your body. An untreated infections can cause very serious infections and serious medical problems. Don't wait. Get to a dentist. ...Read more

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What is an abscess tooth?

What is an abscess tooth?

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 more

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What are good home remediesfor abscess tooth?

What are good home remediesfor abscess tooth?

Pain and swelling: Sometimes you can reduce the swelling with cold compresses and sometimes the pain can be decreased with either hot or cold inside your mouth. The only way to treat the abscess to have the source of the infection removed by your dentist. ...Read more

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Can you explain how to cure an abscess tooth?

Depends on cause: Teeth become abscessed from advanced decay or advanced periodontal disease. The treatment could be extraction, root canal treatment or periodontal treatment depending on the diagnosis. Don't try this at home... See a professional. ...Read more

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Can swishing with peroxide help an abscess tooth?

No: Swishing would have a topical effect, while an abscess originates deep inside a tooth or in the bone supporting the tooth. Peroxide would have minimal effect on the abscess, and could actually irritate the mucosa of the mouth instead. ...Read more

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What does the start of an abscess tooth look like?

What does the start of an abscess tooth look like?

slight swelling: Clinically - swellling or soreness around the tooth. X-rays- a dark or radiolucent area indicating less density of bone found usually at the apex or end of the tooth root. It might also be along side a fracture line if the tooth is cracked. ...Read more

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Help please! is extracting an abscess tooth dangerous?

It can be...: I usually recommend antibiotics prior to extracting an abscessed tooth. I recommend this for several reasons. First, the antibiotic reduces the infection significantly. Second, with less infection, the tooth can be more adequately anesthetized which makes for a more comfortable extraction. Third, following the extraction the comfort level is enhanced with less infection present. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could I do for a severe abscess tooth?

Can you tell me what could I do for a severe abscess tooth?

Call Dentist: There is absolutely nothing you can do on your own to treat that problematic tooth. Call a dentist asap before the swelling and pain become intolerable. ...Read more

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Do you think I should take off work if I have an abscess tooth?

Yes: Go straight to a dentist or an oral surgeon and have the tooth treated or removed. Tooth infections can become life threatening rapidly. If you are unable to take off work today, have a doctor prescribe you antibiotics at least. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will an abscess tooth be controlled without medication.?

It will not: An abscess will continue if it is not treated. Some times it will spread into the tissue and that can be very dangerous to your health. Some time the abscess will bore a hole thru your gum and drain into the mouth and you will swallow it. This relieves the pressure and most of the pain but the tooth is still infected and will cause damage to the local tissue and bone. ...Read more

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Had abscess tooth for two weeks won't go away is this dangerous and what do I need to do?

Dangerous, see a DDS: Infections don't resolve or go away on their own. The cause of the infection has to be determined and then it requires appropriate treatment. Not all teeth can be saved. The longer the infection remains, the more destruction to surrounding tissues, the greater the chance of spread and serious complications to other parts of your body and the harder it is to treat. See a dentist asap. ...Read more

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I was prescribed hydroco 5-325 every 4 hrs as needed for an abscess tooth. I took one 2 hrs ago, and I'm still in agonizing pain. can I take another?

I was prescribed hydroco 5-325 every 4 hrs as needed for an abscess tooth. I took one 2 hrs ago, and I'm still in agonizing pain. can I take another?

Follow your Rx: It is important to follow your prescription as it was provided to you. If you feel like it is not adequate, I would contact your prescribing doctor. Although it is common to take 1-2 tablets of that dose every 4-6 hours, only your prescribing doctor, or someone that can act as one, should be providing you with advice to modify your prescription drugs. Consider a private consultation with MD. ...Read more

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What if my tooth abscess bursts?

It's good but beware: The draining of a tooth abscess helps to reduce the infection. However, there is a chance that the infection can worsen following that. It truly is best to obtain professional care. A dentist can manage the infection and can help to treat the tooth to prevent re-infection. I realize many people are looking for home remedies. However, in this instance, an infection is best handled by a dentist. ...Read more

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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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What is done for tooth abscess pain?

Root Canal: Or extraction are usually the two means of treating an abcess from the tooth. It the abcess is from the gums, than an ind is the treatment of choice with curattage. ...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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Symptoms of tooth abscess near crown?

Perio or endo: If the abscess is draining, usually you will have slightly raised gum and very little pain. However, if the abscess is not draining or if the fistula (draining tube) is obstructed, you will have swollen gum and more pain. If your tooth abscess is near the gum, your dentist will also check out your gum condition in addition to your tooth because it can be cracked tooth and/or gum disease. ...Read more

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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