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Untreated Abscess 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 ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer