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I need some help please! Why won't my wisdom tooth infection go away?

I need some help please! Why won't my wisdom tooth infection go away?

Infection won't heal: There are some missing details here. Did you see a dentist already and that's how you found out it was your wisdom tooth. Or are you self medicating thinking that what you are doing should make it better. Antibiotics will only stall the infection until definitive treatment is rendered. So it seems like you need to see a dentist and get a game plan to get rid of the infection. Nothing otc will do it. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I had a tooth infection that caused massive swelling iunder my tougne. The infection was drained and I'm on meds. The swelling won't go away.

I had a tooth infection that caused massive swelling iunder my tougne. The infection was drained and I'm on meds. The swelling won't go away.

See a dentist ASAP: The tooth infection won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your body. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long will it take for tooth infection headaches to go away?

How long will it take for tooth infection headaches to go away?

Should go w/infectio: Once your infection is gone, the headache should soon go away, assuming you had it treated with antibiotics, or a dentist. ...Read more

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How long will a tooth infection take to heal once its been extracted?

How long will a tooth infection take to heal once its been extracted?

Healing.....: It depends upon many factors including but not limited to your age, healing ability, general health, size and location of infection, duration of infection, type of bacteria involved, blood supply in region, etc. Antibiotics should also be prescribed. You may begin to feel better within a day or so, although complete healing and bone remodeling may take weeks or even months. ...Read more

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Had a tooth infection which was treated Dec 14th but before being treated my chin and left side is all numb - I am on penicillin will this go away.

Had a tooth infection which was treated Dec 14th but before being treated my chin and left side is all numb - I am on penicillin will this go away.

99% of the time yes: If the tooth has been treated by extraction or root canal and the abcess resolves, the pressure on the mandibular nerve dissipates and normal feeling returns. If penicillin only has been relied upon for treatment, the abcess and pressure on the nerve can persist or return (the tooth must be removed or root canal done for healing though). ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection on the lower right front side of my mouth. The pain started to go away. Now, the right side of my chin feels numb and tingly and there is a knot in my mouth near the area, updated_at = now () where the numb feeling is. What should

I have a tooth infection on the lower right front side of my mouth. The pain started to go away. Now, the right side of my chin feels numb and tingly and there is a knot in my mouth near the area, updated_at = now () where the numb feeling is. What should

The: The side of the chin is felt by a nerve called the mental nerve, which is a branch of the inferior alveolar nerve (which is a branch of the mandibular nerve, which is a branch of the trigeminal nerve, which...). One or more of these nerves may be affected by dental disease. [i am going to move this from "neurology" to "dentistry".]. ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection cause an infection anywhere else on the body cu I had teeth extracted yesterday and I feel my lungs relieved and I feel like a chest cold is coming on its weird?

Can a tooth infection cause an infection anywhere else on the body cu I had teeth extracted yesterday and I feel my lungs relieved and I feel like a chest cold is coming on its weird?

Yes: Any infection involving the oral cavity and or teeth can spread to other parts of your body via the blood stream or via what is called a space infection between the different tissue layers. ...Read more

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Sinus infection from tooth infection doesn't go away with penicillin is tooth treatment needed before sinus and throat are healed?

Sinus infection from tooth infection doesn't go away with penicillin is tooth treatment needed before sinus and throat are healed?

Treat the tooth: Always treat the source of the pain (tooth in your case) and not the site of the pain (sinus in your case). Good luck. ...Read more

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How long would it take a tooth infection to effect your whole body? I've had one for some months but I'm going to get it taken care of real soon.

How long would it take a tooth infection to effect your whole body? I've had one for some months but I'm going to get it taken care of real soon.

No time frame: You are asking a prediction as to how long your body can fight off a chronic infection, at that is impossible to do. The sooner you have the tooth restored and treated, the less chance you have of a major health problem and the loss of the tooth. Before antibiotics, tooth infections were one of the leading causes of death. ...Read more

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How do I take care of a tooth infection without going to the dentist?

How do I take care of a tooth infection without going to the dentist?

You really can't: If your tooth is infected I would see a dentist right away. Antibiotics may make it feel better temporarily, but it will come back, and having an infection anywhere, especially in your head. ...Read more

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How can I treat a tooth infection?

How can I treat a tooth infection?

Go to Dentist: If your tooth is infected, then you risk have severe pain and infection traveling to other parts of the body. There is no real home treatment for tooth infections and usually you will need to visit the dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How long should I apply ice for a tooth infection?

How long should I apply ice for a tooth infection?

24-48 hours: Ice can help with an anti-inflammatory effect as well as to provide some temporary pain relief. If the infection isn't treated, it can spread and you can lose your tooth or have other health complications. See your dentist for proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have a severe tooth infection. What are my options?

I have a severe tooth infection. What are my options?

Dental Treatment: Is the only option for your dental care. Take NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen) OTC and see your dentist ASAP for evaluation, x-rays and proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection and cannot use typical antibacterials. Advice please?

I have a tooth infection and cannot use typical antibacterials. Advice please?

Others available: There are alternative antibiotics that can be used due to allergies to antibiotics. You should contact your dentist, explain allergies and he/she can prescribe an alternative antibiotic. ...Read more

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How would I know if I have a tooth infection my tooth is hurting real bad I think I have a tooth infection

Typically: Typically the reason you have dental pain is because there is swelling or infection. Infection is sometimes hard to see clinically. Very often infection starts off small. You should see a dentist immediately to evaluate the tooth. If indeed it is an infection, it can spread and cause significant destruction to one or more teeth. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have no insurance and have a tooth infection. What can I take without a perscription to clear up the infection?

I have no insurance and have a tooth infection. What can I take without a perscription to clear up the infection?

Not much...: Even if you had a prescription for antibiotics, the meds do not fix your rotten tooth... you need to be treated by a dentist for that. Most patients do not have dental insurance, but they still fix their teeth. You'll have to set priorities and possibly finance some of your treatment. You can also seek reduced fee care at a dental school, clinic, or hospital program. All the best... ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce swelling from a tooth infection?

What can I do to reduce swelling from a tooth infection?

Antibiotic: If a diffuse swelling in face or jaws from an abscessed tooth, then antibiotic is indicated; followed by treatment for the tooth such as root canal therapy or extraction. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can die if I don't get a tooth infection treated?

Fatal Infection?: I think you probably won't but you certainly could. Why not get it treated and not take any chances? Be smart, it's your health and your life. You have to get it done! ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get tooth infection off and on?

Possibly: You may have an inherited condition that interferes with your immunity but it's much more likely that repeated tooth infection is related to infrequent professional care, inadequate oral hygiene, and choice of foods. Frequent brushing with good technique, flossing, and regular professional cleaning are the keys to avoiding further infection. ...Read more

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Suffering from major tooth infection that is not going away. Can't afford dental care so what do I do?

Suffering from major tooth infection that is not going away. Can't afford dental care so what do I do?

See a dentist ASAP: Unlike some other types of infection, a dental abscess or gum abscess will not get better on its own. You can typically get free or reduced fee dental care at dental schools, community clinics, and health centers. Do not delay. Take care. ...Read more

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How do I know if a tooth infection spread to my brain?

How do I know if a tooth infection spread to my brain?

Culture the bacteria: Some common symptoms of an abscess in the brain are headache, changes in mental status, muscle or body weakness, speech slurring, nausea, fever, seizures, and or double vision. If you already have a brain abscess, the only way to determine where it came from is to culture it. There are many other causes. Only 25% of brain abscesses come from another part of the body. ...Read more

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How do I know if my tooth infection could spread to my brain?

How do I know if my tooth infection could spread to my brain?

You don't: You don't know. That's why you need to get the infection treated now. By the time you figure out that the infection has gone that far it's too late. Knowing that the infection could spread to your brain, the question is why would you wait? ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection, can I have swelling in my face a neck?

I have a tooth infection, can I have swelling in my face a neck?

A big yes: Very common to have swelling. Get immediate attention from a healthcare provider. This can be a dangerous situation and if the swelling gets too large even antibiotics might not work alone and a surgical aspect might also be needed. ...Read more

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I have a abcessed tooth infection. How long before the swelling goes down on my face?

I have a abcessed tooth infection. How long before the swelling goes down on my face?

Depends: Depends on how severe the abscess is, if there is spontaneous drainage of the abscess and your medical history. Usually with antibiotics it can take a few days if you respond to the antibiotics. With surgery it can take more than 3 days. ...Read more

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Can I have a glass of wine if I'm taking 500mg of amoxicillin for a tooth infection?

Can I have a glass of wine if I'm taking 500mg of amoxicillin for a tooth infection?

1glass only!: Alcoholic beverages, including wine often reduce the effectiveness of medications. For your own well being, try to abstain, but one glass would probably be ok. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a abscessed tooth infection going to my heart and killing me?

What is the probablity of a abscessed tooth infection going to my heart and killing me?

Remotely possible: In 1900 a common cause of death was from dental infections. Nowadays with antibiotics not so much. But ignored dental infections can cause rapid swelling cutting off your airway and therefore should not be ignored. Your heart could be affected depending on your general health status. ...Read more

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Could a tooth infection/abscess pain come and go?

Could a tooth infection/abscess pain come and go?

See a dentist ASAP: A toothache that is caused by tooth decay may come and go; but don't be fooled and see a dentist. The longer you wait the deeper the cavity will progress and treatment becomes more costly and possibly more radical. As soon as you develop a toothache, see your dentist immediately. ...Read more

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How much penicillin should I take for a tooth infection?

Do not self medicate: Or self diagnose. Please see your dentist for the appropriate medications and dosage instructions. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more