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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Will a tooth abscess go away with antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 years old. Four days back, I started to have pain in my left jaw (inside). I could not recognize the exact point as to where the actual pain is. Therefore I had a clove (for two days) between my left side tooth which reduced the pain thereafter. Yesterday evening I felt my lef...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is probably a gingival or periodontal abscess (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) due to infection. It needs to be drained. Right now, I am prescribing medications for immediate relief. Please update me if relief is there.  Read Full »

I have a swelling on the right side of the neck. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, My lymph node on the right side of my neck is swollen. I also have some swelling on the both sides of the back of my neck. It is hurting badly.  I have been on antibiotics for months, and it has been the same. It is very hard to see in a picture, but you can see and feel it in person. It...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, you have to get an appointment with a dentist and find out if any tooth is involved, which may be causing an abscess, inflammation of the nodes and swelling in the neck. The teeth have to be extracted or get root canal treatment for it. If the dentist says that...  Read Full »

Is suturing required after all tooth extractions?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an unusual feeling about a month ago. I did not think anything serious was going on. About a week ago, I began experiencing pain on the left side of my mouth. A few days later, I noticed significant swelling near my jawline under my eye. I went to a clinic and the dentist determine...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, your concerns are genuine. There was an abscess formation due to the broken tooth in the upper jaw, so the Dentist took out the tooth and drained the abscess. This increases the effectiveness of the medication and works sooner. You need to complete the course of me...  Read Full »

How to treat an abscessed tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I lost the canine tooth of upper jaw due to decay and there is only a root fragment. Within a short period of time, I developed an incredible painful abscess. I saw my dentist last week and he scheduled retained root extract. He also told me that there is no possible way to minimize the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The pain could have been relieved instant if the dentist had given an anesthesia and opened the root of the canine tooth, followed by antibiotics. Hopefully, he would have prescribed strong painkiller along with Clindamycin. Usually, after root canal treatment the abscess...  Read Full »

Re-treatment with root canal vs. extraction. Which is better?

Query: Hi doctor, I have infection on tooth number 14. I have been thinking about extraction versus retreatment. It is an 11 years old root canal treated tooth. A crown was placed on it 2 years ago. After that, once in a while it happened to become sore. Two months ago, another crown was placed on my low...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for sending across the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). One of the roots has a huge abscess. The reason is that, it is only half filled. Half of the infected pulp is still inside. This actually can be retreated. But, it might require more ...  Read Full »

Can tooth infection cause tingling and numbness of lip and chin?

Query: Hello doctor, The last molar on my left side broke around two years ago. It slightly niggled and chipped further during that time, reminding me that it needed to be fixed, but never actually posed a problem. I finally went to the dentist last year and an X-ray was taken. A decay was present at the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Possibly there been some compression or inflammation of the inferior alveolar nerve, which passes through the mandible and then emerges as the mental nerve. The mental nerve supplies the part below the lower lip and chin. If you have pain, severe tingling, pins and n...  Read Full »

What is the reason for inflamed gums with bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor, The gum around one of my lower teeth is inflamed for about three days now and it hurts as well, and every time I touch, it starts bleeding. So I swapped my normal toothbrush to a softer one and I am using mouthwash as well, but it is not getting any better. The gum is a bit swollen and t...  Read Full »


Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Bumps or swelling on gums could be: 1. Gum abscess. 2. Tooth abscess. 3. Gingivitis. 4. Accidental toothbrush injury. If the swelling is reddish and involves the gum edge along with tartar (hardened yellow food deposit), that could be gingivitis or gingival absc...  Read Full »

I have a tooth abscess and the pain is getting worse. Should I look for another dentist?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an abscess in the lower molar. There is much pain, swelling, painful jaw and lymph nodes. The dentist prescribed Amoxycillin and extraction scheduled for nine days from today. I have been on the antibiotics for 48 hours. The pain is getting worse, not better. Should I look...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Arora

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your problem. A tooth abscess is a painful condition and needs antibiotic cover along with painkillers for relief. So, first of all, please let me know if are you advised any painkillers along with Amoxicillin. If yes, please write the name of the p...  Read Full »

What is the white lump behind my front teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past few weeks I have had a development of some kind of white lump just behind my two front teeth. It moves a little if you touch it, and it is painful if you press down on it. Otherwise, it does not hurt. It is noticeable when you take pictures of the inside of my mouth, at t...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be an abscess which needs antibiotics for a week. Show to a dentist soon, else it may get painful. Send those pictures to help me confirm.  Read Full »

How to prevent infection in tooth cavity?

Query: Hello doctor, In my whole life I am known for eating candy and not brushing my teeth as much as I should. Today, I went to the dentist and said that I have nine cavities. This concerns me because I am not sure how long I had the cavities. This is my first time I am visiting a dentist. I read an a...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, by getting the tooth filled you can prevent further decay of the teeth. It would prevent any spread of infection. Yes, dental infection can get life-threatening through septicemia (bacteria in blood), which can go through the maxillary sinus to the brain. But, it ha...  Read Full »

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