In rural areas, most. Of the generalists have more experience with stuff like this, but honestly it's much better if there is any question about involvement of other structures in the head, an ENT doc or maxillofacial surgeon or dentist is a better choice. They have specialized training in surgical care and diseases that affect this region. You will get better care, as the DDS or ENT have the proper equipment for this.
Depends. I would prefer oral surgeon but could see an emergency room doctor if unavailable.
I had a tooth absess drained by my dentist 4 days ago. I still have a lump on the roof of mouth which is extremely painful. How long till it goes away?
Some time. When the infection affects the roof of the mouth, it is serious and often takes a long time to go away. Be sure to follow up with your dentist or endodontist (root canal specialist) to have the root canal done. You may need antibiotics. Be sure to be seen this week for follow-up and further treatment. Read more...