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Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a condition of having pus collection in the tooth, gums, or bones that hold the teeth in place. An abscess occurring on the end of the tooth is called a periapical abscess. An abscess occurring on the gum is known as a periodontal abscess. It often arises from the infected cavity, injury, and damaged filling. The symptoms are tooth pain, bad breath, and fever. It is managed by having pus drainage, and in some cases, root canal treatment is done. In a few cases, extraction is done depending on the severity of the abscess.

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I have an abscess in my upper right tooth. Please help

Query: Hello doctor, I have an abscess behind my upper right tooth. It is really painful and swollen. I cannot go to the dentist until next week. How long will it take for the swelling to go down and the pain to reduce?  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I have gone through your query and I can understand your concern. Abscess is due to the carious tooth with an infected pulp and it generally causes acute pain. I would advise you to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old kid has a tooth abscess with pus. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My four year old kid has tooth abscess with pus on the upper arc of front teeth. The pus drains and again comes. We have given antibiotics but the problem again comes. What should we do now - tooth extraction or pulpotomy?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Pulpectomy is suggested as the front milk tooth has to remain at the position for about seven to eight years till the permanent tooth comes out. Else, the growth will be affected. If the kid cannot remain calm then extraction is possible.   Read Full »

Suggest some alternate antibiotics for my tooth abscess.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a patient with a fresh knee replacement, and of course takes premedication Amoxicillin 2g, one-hour pretreatment. She now has a tooth abscess, and I want to give her antibiotics. My thought is, since she has to always use Penicillin as a pre-medication, I would change the antibi...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. Amoxicillin is still a better antibiotic for a dental abscess as compared to other medicines. It is the first choice of medicine even for a dental abscess. It is better to continue with am...  Read Full »

My tooth abscess has not cured even after treatment. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to my dentist a few days back with the discovery of an abscess which was connected to a broken tooth. It then spread to my cheek and got swollen. I am on Amoxicillin and Flagyl for five days. Today is my last day. Unfortunately, the swelling has not entirely decreased, I am sti...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your question and I can understand your concern. It looks like the infection is over if there is no pus and pain anymore. The swelling that is hard and remains there is called antibioma. It may take some time to resolve and will not need any further ...  Read Full »

Can hemisection be done in a molar with crown and abscess?

Query: Hello doctor, My crown has become loose as there is decay inside the crown and around half the edge but not visible. I was told that the tooth is stable underneath. I saw one endodontist who said to rule out the implant and that he would do a root canal but bone and gum are less than ideal and 50-50...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Seeing the recent X-rays (attachment removed to protect patient identity) it is obvious that the distal root has an abscess and should be removed. Hemisection might be a good idea but it alone cannot withstand the biting force and if you can afford it, then go for a mo...  Read Full »

Can a tooth abscess cause light-headedness, dizziness, and a blocked ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a failed root canal with an abscess. I have been feeling light-headed, dizzy with a blocked ear. I had MRI and blood tests to rule out other issues, and they are clear. Can the abscess cause these issues? If so, how long for lightheadedness to go once the tooth is removed?  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would suggest you get the affected tooth extracted as soon as possible because it is not merely extraction, your dentist will first subside the collected abscess, and as soon as the treatment gets started, you will begin feeling better. Your question about if other...  Read Full »

I am 33 weeks pregnant. How can I treat my dental abscess?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a dental abscess, and I am 33 weeks pregnant. It is so painful that I cannot eat, sleep, drink, or do anything. My dentist cannot do anything about it until next month. I was wondering if the emergency room can do something about it.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You could ask your dentist or go to the emergency room to prescribe Antibiotics like Augmentin 625 mg thrice a day for five days along with Tylenol (paracetamol). This will help in pain relief and then go to the dentist to get the tooth extracted. Do not delay, as the ...  Read Full »

Can tooth Infection 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 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, the...  Read Full »

I have pain due to an abscess in a cracked tooth. Kindly help.

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 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 »

Can Flucloxacillin help in treating a dental abscess?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a dental abscess. Will Flucloxacillin help?  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, I would like to know if you are sure it is a dental abscess or could it be another tooth infection. I do not know if you have visited a dentist for this problem. Also, if available, forward me your X-ray or any other investigation reports. If it is a dental ...  Read Full »

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