Abscessed Tooth

A collection of pus in any part of a tooth is called an abscessed tooth. The different types of tooth abscess are periapical (tip of the tooth root) abscess, periodontal (ligament surrounding a tooth) abscess, and gingival (gums) abscess. The symptoms of an abscessed tooth are severe toothache, radiating pain, swelling, tenderness over the area, bad breath, and foul taste in the mouth.

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Why is my tooth infection not evident on X-ray?

Query: Hello doctor, Last Saturday I was feeling some discomfort with one of my teeth. It is a tooth that has a crown on it. I was chewing on a piece of steak, and it felt sore. It felt a little sore on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I saw my dentist on Tuesday and they did not see anything wrong ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sometimes, it takes time for an abscess to show on the X-ray, but pain starts as soon as it starts producing pus. When the quantity of pus increases and causes bone loss at the root apex, then it starts showing on the X-ray. If tapping causes pain, then the tooth does n...  Read Full »

Please suggest medications for a painful third molar abscess.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a third molar abscess and it is painful. It is the first time I have gotten this. I initially thought it was a common mouth ulcer but my dentist informed me this is a third molar abscess pain that I was experiencing. Is there any antibiotic or medications to help soothe and cure...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. As for temporary relief, you may take Amoxicillin clavulanate antibiotic along with Metronidazole for five days and may continue the painkillers SOS that you are taking already. Also, salt and warm water mouth rinse...  Read Full »

My front two teeth have abscesses and bumps. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, My front two teeth have abscesses and bumps. Is it serious? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I have reviewed your query and the image provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is an abscess. Since you have been taking Clarithromycin and associated same group of drugs, maybe you have developed resistance to...  Read Full »

I am getting blisters frequently near a root canal-treated tooth. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. I had a root canal treatment two years back. I am getting blisters near that tooth frequently, which is painful. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Anjana. G.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. A blister is a pus-filled sac called an abscess. It indicates the presence of infection around the root of the corresponding tooth. It can be due to the following causes: 1. Incomplete root canal treatment (RCT). 2. Persistent periapical les...  Read Full »

I am having severe toothache with swollen face even after taking antibiotic. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My tooth started hurting about a month and a half ago, just one night of hurting badly. Then went away. About weeks later started hurting again but nothing too bad. I just dealt with it. Now, again I have severe pain. I went to ER, said it was abscessed tooth and gave me Amoxicillin. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question and I can understand your concern. I think you are having an acute periapical infection with involvement of buccal and mandibular space infection. If the swelling is increasing and there is burning pain you may need another antibiotic wit...  Read Full »

I have had pain in my left molar area for five days which is not relieving with medications. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My weight is 115 lbs, and I have several decaying teeth after seven years of using Vyvanse (medicine for hyperactivity disorder) and two pregnancies. I have always been an avid brusher and flosser, but I neglected to get my impacted wisdom teeth removed about five years ago. The molar nex...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your chief complaint and history suggest that you have irreversible pulpitis due to a decayed molar. You have already taken several medications for pain, but there is no effective cure. Before suggesting a proper treatment strategy, can you send an attachment photograph...  Read Full »

I am taking Penicillin tablet for dental infection but swelling is still present. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I had an abscess in the tooth and I consulted a dentist. The dentist informed me that treatment can be done after the swelling subsides. I have been taking the tablet Penicillin for a week. However, swelling is still present, and the left lip and chin are still numb. Now I am experiencing ...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have been taking the tablet Penicillin for the abscess in your tooth. Persistent pain indicates that the source of infection is not addressed. The tooth pain can radiate to the neck, head, and arm on the same side. Antibiotics offer sympto...  Read Full »

I have a toothache with swelling. Is it a tooth abscess?

Query: Hello doctor, For a few days, I have had a bad toothache. I noticed swelling and begun taking antibiotics. I woke up today and the pain is gone but it is even more swollen. I have been using cold and heat compresses, as well as salt water rinse. I am worried I may have developed an abscess but I do...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Understanding your situation, I am prescribing you a proper antibiotic regime that will help in diminishing abscess and infection. Take Augmentin 625 mg twice a day, tablet Metronidazole 400 mg twice a day, tablet Brufen 400 mg twice a day. Take all these medicines for ...  Read Full »

The right side of my face appears swollen due to an acute abscess. Should I consult the dentist immediately?

Query: Hello doctor,I had toothache a week ago, so I took the tablet Ibuprofen and Amoxicillin. Later, I noticed that the right side of my face has swollen because I had an acute abscess. Do I need to consult a dentist first? Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have swelling because of an abscess. However, based on the sites involved, it could be cellulitis (inflammation reaching deeper tissues or spaces). Do you have pain, breathing, or swallowing difficulties? If you have breathing or swallowing difficulties, please visi...  Read Full »

I have severe pain due to abscess in cracked tooth. What has to be done?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a cracked tooth that developed an abscess under it. It took two weeks to wait for the endodontist appointment, so I started taking an antibiotic when the abscess started to grow. Finally had my appointment today and the endodontist is keeping me on the antibiotic for one more wee...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Antibiotics for the abscess is always not the first choice to do actually. Moreover, you had mentioned that it is a cracked tooth. I wonder how deep is the crack so that it fits the criteria for root canal treatment. With all these kept in mind, I guess your endodontist...  Read Full »

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