6 doctors weighed in:

Can half a tooth abscess go away by itself?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

The symptoms can come and go usually via drainage but the underlying problem must be treated either by root canal therapy or extraction.
Just because the symptoms diminish doesn't mean the problem has been solved.

In brief: Not really

The symptoms can come and go usually via drainage but the underlying problem must be treated either by root canal therapy or extraction.
Just because the symptoms diminish doesn't mean the problem has been solved.
Dr. John DeWolf
Dr. John DeWolf
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See any dentist

to drain the dental abscess.
The infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. See any dentist for examination, x-rays and treatment.

In brief: See any dentist

to drain the dental abscess.
The infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. See any dentist for examination, x-rays and treatment.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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In brief: Yes it can

Tooth abscesses are infections involving teeth.
They don't occur overnight and your body constantly is finding ways to "fix" the problem. When the pressure builds up the body can "lead" the pressure outside the body and relieve the built up pressure and drain the infection. This drain is a method to which the body is trying to heal itself.

In brief: Yes it can

Tooth abscesses are infections involving teeth.
They don't occur overnight and your body constantly is finding ways to "fix" the problem. When the pressure builds up the body can "lead" the pressure outside the body and relieve the built up pressure and drain the infection. This drain is a method to which the body is trying to heal itself.
Dr. Marvin Pantangco
Dr. Marvin Pantangco
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Yes

But not likely. Spontaneous drainage and resolution is conceivable but the risk here is extremely high, and the benefits of waiting for this improbable cure to occur are minimal.
Common sense would have you in a dental chair asap.

In brief: Yes

But not likely. Spontaneous drainage and resolution is conceivable but the risk here is extremely high, and the benefits of waiting for this improbable cure to occur are minimal.
Common sense would have you in a dental chair asap.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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