Tooth Abscess

The collection of pus in any part of the tooth and its surrounding structures is called a tooth abscess. The different types of tooth abscess are gingival abscess, periapical abscess, and periodontal abscess. The symptoms include radiating pain, pain worsens on chewing or biting, bad breath, discoloration of the affected tooth, swollen gums, and fever.

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How to manage a dislodged tooth filling with a lump in my gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a tooth filling that has come out, and woke with a white lump beneath it on gum, swollen lower face too on the other side of the site of lump. I had a dull, drumming pain during the night before. I rinsed with warm salt water this morning. Wondering if Flucloxacillin 500 mg whi...  Read Full »

Dr. Sangeetha Bastan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your tooth is probably infected which has caused the white lump on your gums. The decay has gone inside the pulp, almost touching your nerve and there is infection beneath the root of your teeth which has caused this swelling. You will have to confirm the status of your t...  Read Full »

How to get rid of the swelling and pain caused due to the abscess in my upper right tooth?

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 »

I have had pain in my first premolar for the past three months, radiating to my entire face recently. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My dentist tried to do a root canal (1st premolar), but it did not work; the second time, he got a microscope and went back in. As soon as he was done the second time, I asked him if it should still be hurting because it was, and he said no, it should not be. So I went to an Endodontist in...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. In case you can upload the CT (computed tomography) scan picture or its report, I may be in a better position to tell you what is wrong there, both about perforation and the prognosis of the tooth. Yes, it is an infection and needs antibiotic...  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 »

I have decayed, painful lower back teeth, and my jaw is swollen. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have decayed painful lower back teeth. A part of my lower jaw is swollen and painful. What should I do? I am scared to visit the dentist. Kindly help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. From your history, it seems your tooth is infected, and the swelling is because of the infection, probably because of the abscess. For the time being, to get rid of the swelling, you need to start with some warm salin...  Read Full »

What is the most effective way to get rid of severe toothache?

Query: Hello doctor, What is the most effective way to get rid of a severe toothache? Last Sunday, I went to a different clinic for tooth filling because my dentist went abroad for vacation. In fact, it lessened the pain, but afterward, it became more painful. So I contacted my dentist for medicine to tak...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Firstly, I would like to say that a simple filling cannot be a treatment for a tooth in pain. The pain itself occurs only because of an infection inside the tooth. Yes, as the other dentist said, it could be a dental abscess. You have also mentioned that you have severe...  Read Full »

My tooth infection disappeared after a week of medications. Does that mean that I do not have an infection?

Query: Hello doctor, One week ago, I had a tooth infection visible on an X-ray. I was prescribed medications I took for a week, and now, the infection is not visible when I took another X-ray. Does that mean that I do not have an infection? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your question and understand your concern. The answer to your query is yes; it is possible that the infection got healed by medication, or irrigation. By infection, it means abscess and dental abscess, which is generally yellowish-white pus. A dental abscess i...  Read Full »

I have a broken tooth with an abscess in the gums. Will antibiotics help antibiotics help drain the puss out?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a broken tooth that has an abscess on the gum. I have been taking Amoxicillin 500 mg for three days. However, the abscess has not been drained, and I still have a lump on my gum. Will the antibiotics make the puss to drain out into my mouth? How long will it take?  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The abscess is related to the tooth. Maybe it needs root canal treatment. If you go for it, then ask the dentist to drain it. Antibiotics only subside the lump. At last, you need treatment. Also, you can use saline water and a baking soda mixtur...  Read Full »

Why do I get recurrent abscesses in a filled tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an infection in my tooth and it was treated with a filling after a course of antibiotics. After the filling, an abscess reoccurred twice which was treated with antibiotics. It seemed to settle for a while and then I could feel a pain and pressure inside the tooth. Now a small pimpl...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern. As per your history, it seems to me that you are having recurrent apical periodontitis. If the filling is still there, it needs to be removed. The recurrent apical abscess is because of this infectious to...  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 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 »

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