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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I have pain, swelling, and bleeding in the gums covering the tooth. How to manage the pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I have pain and swelling on the right side of my mouth. Gums are covering the tooth, and bleeding is present while brushing. I am taking tablet Mirtazapine 45 mg, tablet Levothyroxine 100 mg, tablet Promethazine 50 mg, tablet Sertraline 100 mg, and tablet Folic acid 15 mg. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Swelling and pain occur due to an abscess and infection. Consult a dentist to examine the cavity in the adjacent tooth and treat it with root canal treatment or extraction. I suggest (consult with a doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) tablet ...  Read Full »

Is it true? Tooth Infection may cause redness below the eyes?

Query: Hi doctor, I have about six broken teeth. They are a mess. I am so scared of the dentist, but I need to see one. I am in constant pain all the time. I have had two abscesses in the last six months. I had eye infections as well on the same side. I am sure that it is connected. What to do?  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, the tooth infection can cause redness below the eyes. Please go to a dentist soon, and there is no need to fear as dentists are very smooth and painless in their treatment methods, and you will not even know it. If the tooth is restorable and you can afford it,...  Read Full »

A piece of instrument broke inside my tooth during root canal treatment of my upper back tooth. Should I continue with the treatment or undergo extraction?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a lot of pain in my upper back tooth. A few months ago, my dentist told me that I needed a root canal for that tooth. She did the first part of the root canal treatment and then kept canceling my appointments. I finally got an appointment for the second part of the root canal, bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A small part of the cleaning instrument usually breaks inside the tooth if the canal is very narrow. If the procedure is completed in a short period, it serves as a good sealer depending on the position of the broken instrument, but I think it will take a long time for...  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,...  Read Full »

Can I die from a tooth infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an abscessed tooth. The tooth is almost gone. I will have to get surgically removed and do not have the money. I was wondering. Can I die from the infection? I have been on antibiotics from Penicillin to Amoxicillin to Tramadol. At about 1 AM, I felt the same pain I had before....  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. After going through your complaint and looking at your X-ray, it sounds like a 'chronic periapical abscess,' which is the presence of pus and infection in the affected tooth due to a cavity left untreated. You cannot die due to an acute i...  Read Full »

What is the Treatment for Abscessed Tooth?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 46-year-old female. I have a problem with my tooth. There is an abscess, and my dentist is always fully booked. Can you help me?  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query. For an abscessed tooth, you have two options. One is endodontic treatment, and the other is the removal of the tooth involved in the abscess formation. Now, the treatment plan depends on the condition of the tooth crown. If the crow...  Read Full »

What could a sore bump behind my last molar on the right side of my mouth be?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist four days ago, and now I am noticing a sore bump behind my last molar on the right side of my mouth.   Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The probable diagnosis is pericoronitis. As per your symptoms, the sore bump behind the last molar tooth can be either due to an abscess formation. It can be due to an injury, or it can be due to an erupting wisdom tooth that might be putting pressure over the gu...  Read Full »

Kindly advise if I should get my tooth extracted.

Query: Hi doctor, I had a lump approximately 3 cm away from the bottom of the tooth on the outer portion of the jaw. It was approximately 2 cm in diameter. After cleaning with salt solution, my doctor prescribed Lincomycin 500 capsules thrice daily for five days. As there was swelling on some portions of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It will help if you ask the dentist to extract the tooth as soon as possible. Due to so much infection and pus, the tooth cannot be saved now. Also, the swelling may not subside without removing that tooth. Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid combination is required fo...  Read Full »

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 »

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