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 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 »

I have an abscessed tooth with swollen face. Is it serious?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an abscessed tooth and have been on antibiotics for three days. I woke up this morning with an extremely swollen face, should I go to the ER?  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question and I can understand your concern about your toothache and facial swelling. You need IV (intravenous) route antibiotics like Ceftriaxone one gram after allergic test and for that, you must visit either a dentist or an emergency room. Af...  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 »

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 »

Is it harmful if I accidentally swallow the pus drained from a tooth abscess?

Query: Hello doctor,I have an abscess on my tooth. I went to the emergency room, and the doctor poked a hole in the abscess and drained the content. But it did not drain fully, and he did not prescribe me antibiotics and pain medicine. I am just wondering if it would hurt if it were not drained completely?...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It will not do any harm if you swallow the pus. The pus will discharge at night while sleeping, and it is normal. It is not related to incomplete pus drainage. Only a certain limits of pus can be removed by applying pressure. We can wait and see if it con...  Read Full »

Did the cold drink prevent my tooth from getting numb?

Query: Hi doctor, I broke a tooth, so I went to the dentist, and I was very upfront about not having a root canal treatment. I preferred to get it extracted rather. She numbed my tooth and said she was going to fix it. After she had finished, she said I was going to need a root canal treatment. Now my too...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Failure of local anesthesia can be due to causes like poor quality of the anesthetic solution, a poor technique of administration, localized infection in the tooth, abscess formation, certain mutations, etc. Drinking few cold drinks has no effect on anesthesia. So, my sug...  Read Full »

Re-treatment with root canal vs. extraction. Which is better?

Query: Hi doctor, I have infection on tooth number 14. I have been thinking about extraction versus retreatment. It is an 11 years old root canal treated tooth. A crown was placed on it 2 years ago. After that, once in a while it happened to become sore. Two months ago, another crown was placed on my low...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for sending across the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). One of the roots has a huge abscess. The reason is that, it is only half filled. Half of the infected pulp is still inside. This actually can be retreated. But, it might require more ...  Read Full »

Will Flucloxacillin help tooth abscess?

Query: Hello doctor, Will Flucloxacillin help in tooth abscess?  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. Flucloxacillin and Amoxicillin are all the drugs falling under the Penicillin group, and basically, these are all the antibiotics which fight against bacterial infection. 2. Metronidazole is again an antibiotic on its own. 3. Yes, these medications will help to ...  Read Full »

Can Ciprofloxacin be taken for a dental 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 icliniq.com.I 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 »

Why has tooth abscess not gone away even after taking medicines?

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 icliniq.com. 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 if hard remains there is called antibioma and it may take some time to get fully over and will not need any further an...  Read Full »

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