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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 do I have lymph node pain under my neck?

Query: Hi¬†doctor, What could be causing the extreme pains in my lymph nodes under my neck and tingling the in head? Should I see a doctor in person? I had a sinus infection a month ago when the neck pains suddenly appeared. I was given antibiotics. It got rid of my other sinus symptoms, but not the lymph ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The first possibility of meningitis is unlikely. It would cause fever, severe headache and patient will be very sick. I do not think this to be a lymph node pain because lymph nodes will hurt only when they enlarge in a short duration of maximum one or two wee...  Read Full »

What could the sore bump behind my tooth 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 gum...  Read Full »

Nursing bottle caries in Infants. Is extraction needed?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 3 years old with milk bottle caries. He is suffering from an abscess in the front two teeth. The doctor has suggested tooth removal. Is there any other treatment available? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Milk bottle caries are one of the most deteriorating types in children and most frequently affect the front tooth. The abscess indicates a high level of infection in the tooth. If the abscess is not drained, it may damage ...  Read Full »

I am an 18-year-old female with a wobbly adult tooth. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 17-year-old female with a wobbly adult tooth. I weigh 58 kg, and my height is 5 feet 7 inches. What should I do about the adult wobbly moving tooth?  Read Full »


Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It seems that you have a mobile tooth. The treatment plan for the mobile tooth will depend on the degree of mobility. If it is highly mobile, then it needs to be removed. However, if it is slightly mobile, there are other treatment modalities...  Read Full »

There is abscess-related swelling on my face. Kindly help.

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 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 »

My mother has a toothache with swelling. Is it an emergency?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 45 years old. She got a hole in teeth and she is complaining of a toothache for three days and from yesterday, she developed swelling on the right half of the face. Is this any sort of emergency?  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Jakhmola

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After going through your query and image sent by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity), this seems to be a case of severe infection inside the right tooth. Tooth decay has resulted in infection in the innermost part of the tooth called pulp that contai...  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 »

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 F

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 white raised ulcer in gums. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have an ulcer on top of the tooth on the gums (a white raised ulcer). Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is not an ulcer, infact it is big pus boil that has occurred due to some infection in your underlying tooth. You should start with an antibiotic regime immediately and get it treated. Most probably root canal treatment and scaling will be done of teeth under question...  Read Full »

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