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 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 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 »

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 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 »

After starting an antibiotic, I started experiencing a low-grade fever and swelling on the side of my dental abscess. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I was given an antibiotic for an abscess, and I started it today. However, I have newly developed a low fever, and my throat feels swollen on the same side as my abscess. Could this be the infection spreading? Will it be fine if I continue taking my antibiotic, or should I see my denti...  Read Full »

Dr. Swati. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The fever could be because of the infection in your mouth. Please continue taking the antibiotics and finish the entire course of the antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. The infection may subside in severity within 3 to 5 days with antibiotic use. But remember ...  Read Full »

How to treat abscessed tooth in a breastfeeding mother?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a dental abscess on the gum of the infected tooth. My lateral incisor is infected and I have a lot of pain over it. I went to the dentist and he prescribed Keflex 500 mg. After taking two doses, my tooth pain got reduced. But my cheek and eyes became swollen. It happened overnight a...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your lateral incisor is in bad condition (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and it causes infection in the bone. The antibiotics can suppress the bone abscess. But the swelling on the face indicates that the infection has spread into the soft tissues. It i...  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 »

Why am I having toothache with hard bump in the gum?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pain in my molar tooth on lower right side and under it is a hard bump in my gum. The pain is only when I eat or touch bump or tooth. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to That bump seems to be an abscess collection from your explanation and the infection in your tooth has reached pulp. You should go to your dentist at the earliest, he or she will get your X-ray done and then treatment will begin. First of all, abscess drainage is a must ...  Read Full »

What could appear as a bony spur in the upper gums without trauma?

Query: Hello doctor, I cannot tell if I am experiencing osteonecrosis of the jaw or if a bone spur is coming through my top gum. I have never been treated for cancer or with the medications that would cause it. I have never experienced any trauma on my top teeth that would cause a bone spur to pop up. But...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and attached image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Kindly upload an image showing the chewing surface of the teeth on the upper left jaw. I want to see the health of the tooth associated with the lesion you have marked. ...  Read Full »

Is it wise to remove gum abscess with surgical scissors on my own?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small gum abscess on the rear side of my lower left molar about the size of a skin tag. I have had this issue for about three weeks, but it has been tolerable until today. When it has got exponentially more painful to eat, brush, and even move the area with my tongue, would i...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it is a bad idea to snip the abscess. If this abscess involves the gum edge along with tartar (hardened yellow food deposit), that could be gingivitis or gingival abscess. A scaling and polishing procedure should be done to remove the tartar after which the gin...  Read Full »

Should I go to the emergency room if I have a dental abscess but no pain?

Query: Hello doctor, Should I go to the emergency room if I have a dental abscess but no pain?  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and I can understand your concern during these prevailing situation. If you do not have any problem going to the dental office I suggest you bring your appointment closer. Get in contact with your dentist. But if you do not wish to visi...  Read Full »

How to treat the abscess in the gum of top molar?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an abscess in my gum for almost two years because I lost my back top molar and it progressed from there. I do not have dental insurance, so I have never gotten it drained or my missing tooth closed. I have taken antibiotics for this abscess twice now when it flares up, but now...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. I am sorry for your inconvenience it is too hard to be in such condtions for a long time. But do not worry, as an expert I would recommend you to upload an image of the area. I strongly needed that to comment on any of it. Yes, there might...  Read Full »

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