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Comment from: Jjohnson, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

I'm on my 6th day of 2 different antibiotics plus the pain medicines for my dental abscess and nothing has changed. My cheek looks like I'm storing a golf ball. My life is awful right now.

Comment from: Sarah brown , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I have an infection in my tooth. I was given a five day course of antibiotics. I'm on the third day of medication and I'm still in so much pain from the dental abscess.

Comment from: Harry , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

I recently had an abscessed tooth. After going to the emergency room to have the infection lanced and drained I had the tooth pulled. I've been on 3 rounds of antibiotics (penicillin, clindamycin, and metronidazole) and after 4 weeks I still have a swollen jaw.

Comment from: Kdement, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have been on amoxicillin for 5 days now to treat my dental abscess. I still have pain and swelling in my jaw area and I can hardly swallow.

Comment from: Lucifer-morningstar , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

My jaw is swollen all under the left side, and I know it's a dental abscess. I've had one before, with the same tooth as the problem but didn't have the money to sort it out. Lucky that I do now, but I have no real pain in the tooth besides a slight pain in the gum. But my jaw hurts more than it did last time. I can't go to the dentist yet, as although I'm going to get the money needed I still need to be paid it, I have 2 more days.

Comment from: .susan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I had a dental abscess for 2 weeks and had 2 lots of antibiotics following a root canal. They have left a broken file in the root.

Comment from: Taurean , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

I am trying to get rid of a dental abscess I've had over 10 years. I am desperate at this point.

Comment from: Rob, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I had two abscessed teeth and this caused my cheek to swell up and I was in a lot of pain. I had a massive gum boil and it took several trips to the dentist to sort this out. Get to your dentist as possible to avoid awful pain.

Comment from: Fenceman, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

My right eye tooth broke at the gum while eating pizza. Now about 2 weeks later there is a dental abscess at the root. It is Saturday morning and no dentist is open. It's a lot of pain and I don't know how to get it out.

Comment from: Trentspo, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I had no symptoms of dental abscess. In 2015 I had a filling. In June 2018 I told my dentist I had a knot in the gum, but the tooth didn't hurt. I've been on antibiotics 2 months, 3 cycles, it still hasn't dried up. He tried an extraction this morning, but I had too much pain, for the first time, when he tried numbing it. Now I'm to go to an oral surgeon to be put to sleep, plus bone graft and sinus lift to prep for implant. I guess I'm lucky, I've had no pain whatsoever.

Comment from: Joceldust , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I had throbbing, unrelenting pain all through the surrounding gum line from the dental abscess and a bad taste in my mouth at times. I let it go too long and it spread to my face tissue and so I was also diagnosed with cellulitis two times. My whole face was swollen. I was on antibiotics multiple times for it till I could have the tooth extracted. At the end of the pills it would come to a head and drain. Eventually I had put it off for too long and the antibiotics wouldn't work at all anymore. I had to have an emergency extraction.

Comment from: infectrd root canal, 75 or over (Patient) Published: August 07

I have swelling on my lower left jaw. It hurt when I ate, now I am on antibiotics for dental abscess. The swelling has gone and I can eat but I keep getting, not a headache but pain on the left side at the back base of my neck.

Comment from: Buddha, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I've had like a tiny yellow dot in my mouth now forever. Now the whole bottom of my mouth where this dental abscess is, is completely swollen and pounding.

Comment from: Margaret, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

My symptoms of dental abscess were oral lesions, drainage, loose teeth, and pain in my mouth, and jaw.

Comment from: Mama lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

It started as a toothache on left side cheek. I have had pains, ear aches, and glands hurt. I am even starting to get canker sores. I went to my dentist and took x-rays. He said I need root canal because of the dental abscess. Well, I went in yesterday and said I am still in pain but he seems to think the antibiotics should be working. He did file a couple of teeth down which felt better, but today my face is swollen and it hurts inside of cheek and outside. So I should be having a root canal done in two days, with the swelling I have been on medicines for a week, and now even Advil is not helping much.

Comment from: aunt, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I had a terrible rash on my arms and legs, big blisters that my doctor couldn't diagnose. I went to a dermatologist who suggested that I go to a dentist. It seems that often an abscessed tooth can cause a blood infection that results in a rash. The dentist had never heard of this, but took an x-ray for me (I'd had no pain), and sure enough, I had a big abscess. Three or four years later, I still have unsightly scars from the rash on my legs.

Comment from: Sinone, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

Wondering if I am having a dental abscess. I came up with swollen glands about a week ago which to my knowledge I thought could have possibly been my thyroids. However I then noticed tonight my gum was swollen on the back on my right upper mouth by my wisdom tooth. My face is going red and I have been having tingling in my face but my face isn't swollen at all.

Comment from: I am in pain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I had sudden swelling overnight, to the size of my mouth, just after my wisdom tooth extraction. I had the swelling from dental abscess again 1 week after the procedure.

Comment from: A.C., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

My left jaw has been swollen with a dental abscess since last Friday, it is now Wednesday. I started on my antibiotics Sunday evening and I have to take them for 7 days. Hope my face swelling goes down within the seventh day.

Comment from: NanaKaki, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I have a gum infection. My face on that side is slightly swollen and sore. There is no pus pockets anywhere. I hurt all the way up to my eye socket. I live on an island and the lake is not frozen enough for me to go the main land. I have been dealing with the pain for over a week now.

Comment from: Meriba, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

Thanks for allowing me to express myself. I have this serious toothache and swollen jaw, it has taken me a year and after every month it appears. Recently, I decide to remove T3 tooth hoping for my lower jaw to stop swelling and paining but it is still the same. My doctor can't manage my situation I don't know how I can get off this chronic monthly pains.

Comment from: Sweetbrownsugar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I woke up one morning to find my jaw swollen up like a golf ball. I kept a close watch on it several days. with no change I went to urgent care was told it was a swelling in my soft tissue prior to this I had a very bad cold my glands were swollen as well. Was given antibiotics. And since I had no pain not to worry in less a dramatic change. So off I went again swelling went down still a knot in my jaw, no pain. I return this time was told stronger antibiotic. Return again was told that abscess is soft mine is hard. Referred to a hospital to have a cat scan to make sure it was not a tumor or something. Was told again it was a Harding in the soft tissue of my jaw should go away on its own not to worry. For some reason I didn't settle with this I had a feeling it was my tooth by this time the swelling went down looks like a boil on the outside of my cheek that is now draining puss with a foul odor not once have I had any pain. Two weeks later I arrive at my dentist appointment. After x-rays was told I had an abscess on my tooth the infection has traveled away from my tooth and stored in my jaw nothing they can do. Referred me to a specialist in the San Francisco an hour away from home. So I thought the specialist ends up being a dentistry school I can't believe it. This is still ongoing now I have a dent in my cheek it appears from the infection eating at my tissue.

Comment from: emma - worried mum, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 09

My seven year old daughter has just come out of hospital after 6 days! Due to an abscess! No complaints about her teeth were made by her recently! She woke up on the Monday with a slightly swollen cheek, took her to the doctors got told it was a viral infection! The next day her eye was also swollen slightly took her back to the doctors and told the same as before! By Wednesday morning her whole right side was swollen and her eye completely shut, took her to er and they found the abscess and rushed her down for surgery! Three days later she had another drainage op done as more build up in her face as there was so much! Parents beware how quick things develop in a child!

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

This started 4 months ago. The inside of my tooth literally fell out so I went to a dentist and they filled it in. Then the pain really started. I usually have a very high tolerance for pain but I couldn't stand this. I called the same dentist, he gave me antibiotic and I went back to see him again. This time he shaved off the tooth where it was rubbing the top one. That did not help either. My cheek is now three times its normal size and I have a dental appt. with another dentist to get my abscessed tooth pulled. I have been to this other dentist but they wouldn't do anything w/o taking x-rays of my teeth because I'd never been there before. So I have to wait another 2 weeks before I'm finally, finally able to get this tooth pulled. They told me my options were to spend a lot of money for a root canal or not so much money to get it pulled. I'm done with this pain it's gonna be out of there but I still have to wait about 2 weeks.

Comment from: Mbalenhle, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I just had a tooth removed because it caused an abscess above it. The tooth removed had a filling. The dentist only extracted the tooth but didn't drain the abscess, I hope it will drain itself.

Comment from: Gary, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

My eye is swollen nearly closed, I've had a dental abscess which is still there; perhaps I should go to the hospital.

Comment from: Emmi J, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 21

My 5 year old granddaughter needs an abscessed tooth pulled so her pediatrician dentist gave her an antibiotic to take before it's to be pulled. Now the child has broken out on her face and back with a red rash like measles spots. I wonder if she could be allergic to the medicine.

Comment from: Bella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

My abscess started with pain generally in my mouth and an ulcer on my the inside of my bottom lip. The doctor said I had oral thrush and gave me medication. The next day I had a massive toothache and went to the dentist to find I had an abscess. He prescribed anti-biotics and Penicillin. For three days I was crying in extreme pain but after that it started to settle. I am still to have some treatment on my tooth but the dentist said he cannot do anything until the abscess heals as the injection for numbness of the area before dental surgery will not work with an inflamed abscess.

Comment from: bopeanut, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 18

My symptoms started about a week ago with sensitivity to hot and cold on the right side (upper and lower) of my mouth. I bought Sensodyne and figured the sensitive toothpaste would work. After a few days of struggling with the sensitivity, pain started kicking in on the upper tooth that had a crown put on it about six months prior. I went to the dentist on the fourth day which, unfortunately, was a day or two late to avoid the infection getting so bad I could not sleep. After two days of intense pain, the antibiotics seem to be kicking in. I plan on having the root canal done next week. The good news is that I will know for next time what this feels like. DON'T ignore the early signs and suffer like I have.

Comment from: dkr, 25-34 (Patient) Published: June 24

I had two broken teeth at the back of my mouth. I kept treating myself with painkillers. One day I woke up with a swollen face. I went to the dentist who said I had an abscess that had started with the root of the broken tooth. He took out both teeth and drained the abscess and then sent me away with antibiotics.

Comment from: kellie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I have had toothache for a week now finally went to the dentist yesterday because my face was starting to swell up. I have an abscess in my tooth and had a root canal done. I woke up this morning and my face is even more swollen and my eye is nearly closing.

Comment from: Merlynn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

First I had the feeling that something was in my ears. I had a bad salty taste in my mouth. Then I developed an earache. My tooth felt tender with some pain once in a while. I went to my dentist and had X-rays done and found that I needed a root canal. I never knew that a bad salty taste in your mouth was a symptom of a dental abscess or I would have sought dental care sooner.

Comment from: lizzy, Female (Patient) Published: May 22

Last Friday that I had toothache that made me unbearable, so went to see the dentist in an emergency. I had an X-Ray and found out that one of the teeth under the gold crown had abscessed. The dentist prescribed me some antibiotics. I found myself with a swollen jaw and unable to sleep. Then, yesterday I went back to the dentist and had the gold crown removed and let the abscess drain. I have to go back to the dentist in two weeks' time to check the progress. Last night I finally had a good night of sleep.

Comment from: RobinW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I had on and off sensitivity to cold for about a year then a full blown painful toothache. The tooth affected was a virgin tooth. now I am having same symptoms on same tooth on the opposite side.

Comment from: Cindy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have had a LOT ($100,000) of dental work over 40 years due to an immune disease. For two years I had a bump in my mouth above an upper tooth on the right. After asking several dentists of one type or another to check it out, and one finally did and discovered it was an abscess. My symptoms starting 10 months before and included extreme naps for 3-5 hours every day! I had continuous nose bleeds and mucus, a sinus infection, and sweating. I had no oral pain for 23 of the 24 months I had the abscess - until it finally was getting a little tender. The good news once it was opened up, I am well and back on track. Thank you to the doctor who helped me.

Comment from: Lollie, 55-64 Female Published: June 08

I had severe pain and swelling of my lower jaw.

Comment from: pris, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I have had this abscess for long time. Now it's located on my jaw due to a cavity infection. Dental care is so expensive, but I'm so scared because I have no way out. I just don't want it to escalate to anything else. I have no pain, but I worry when I feel the ball. I'm also embarrassed to go to a dentist due to the foul smell they say when you have with an abscess.

Comment from: firstjack, (Patient) Published: January 23

Two weeks before Christmas I bit down on a piece of food and the pain lifted me out of my chair. I ignored it, do not have dental insurance and money was tight. Now the second week of Jan I could barely eat. It was one of my premolars that was giving me the pain and the pain was spreading up to my sinus and back towards my ear. My dentist, when I could get in, tapped my tooth, I almost punched him. Then he took a x-ray. It was abscessed and because to lack of good tooth we decided I should have it taken out. On antibiotics and pain meds and it is getting worse.

Comment from: Mia, Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had a toothache on a lower tooth that had been broken off previously due to biting down on a piece of hard candy. The tooth later became infected and the gums around the tooth swelled about three times the normal size, pus collected near the tooth, and the pain was severe. I treated it at home with ibuprofen and warm water rinses but this did nothing to relieve the pain or to make the infection go away. After three days, I was physically ill with fevers, cold chills, vomiting, extremely tired, and constantly feeling sick to my stomach. After visiting the dentist, he prescribed an antibiotic and pain pills, but it was several days before the fevers, chills, and vomiting went away.

Comment from: ish, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I had a crown placed on a front tooth about a year ago. It felt weird within a month of that, there was an awkward pressure when I touched my face above that tooth. The dentist said not to worry. Now about 2 weeks ago, I woke up with the entire front row of teeth sore. Within a day or two the pain was completely unbearable. No amount of OTC drugs relieved it. I was losing sleep and missing work, it's been some of the most intense pain I've ever experienced. I got an emergency appointment at the dentist and they gave me antibiotics and scheduled a root canal 10 days later. Even the narcotic pain relievers I was prescribed can't completely stop the pain. I believe they'll do the root canal through the crown. If that doesn't solve it completely, I'm sure extraction is the only option. Never put off those random dental pains. If your dentist tries to dismiss it, get a second opinion. You never know what may develop.

Comment from: Carrier, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

For 6 weeks I've had an infection on the gum by a tooth that has a root canal. I've rinsed with hydrogen peroxide and salt water. I've had two rounds of antibiotics -large doses. It's still infected and my dentist says we'll have to pull the tooth in order for it to heal. I'm apprehensive and I think my dentist needed to see if he missed something, so he referred me to another dentist.

Comment from: Blake, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

My symptoms of dental abscess included high fever, swelling of the gums, and tenderness.

Comment from: simul, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 14

I had gum abscess and the dentist decided to have my tooth extracted. It was then successfully done, but the problem is I still experience having a swollen face each time I do hard work or even just lifting weights. It's exactly the same when the tooth wasn't extracted...I feel like the abscess has gone through the inner gum already...

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I have a dental abscess and when it started there was some pain but not much. I went to the dentist after it started to swell and they gave me antibiotics and pain killers. However, two days later my face swelled up and I couldn't eat or barely talk, so I went to the ER where they gave me more pain medicine.

Comment from: nicci, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I went to the dentist 3 days ago to get my tooth pulled but after tugging and pulling at it she couldn't get it out, so told me to make another appointment and that there won't be much pain. But oh my GOSH, I'm in pain all right and now I have a lump coming out my gum. I can't touch the side of my cheek as even that's sore.

Comment from: wiser, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

My face went from a slightly puffed nodule to a full blown chipmunk cheek within three days. I tried home remedy of garlic pills and Echinacea thinking it would go away. DO NOT TAKE HOME REMEDIES. Just go to the Dentist. You will need antibiotics and further assessment. After two weeks of antibiotics and it's still not completely gone, I have the option of root canal or pulled. Preventive maintenance on your teeth is worth the money (scrape it up somehow) because abscesses can literally be life threatening if untreated and a lot of unnecessary pain and discomfort. Lesson learned.

Published: November 01

Right now I am waiting to go to the dentist at five pm. My face is swollen out like a watermelon on one side, my ear and surrounding tissue there is red and swollen, my neck is swollen. I am in complete agony. I had a bad tooth, the dentist filled it and said I would eventually need a root canal or have it pulled. Apparently eventually was only a week. I have had two different antibiotics as the first one did not work at all. I hope that she pulls it or that it bursts. SOON.

Comment from: Chicago, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

Hi all - Although you should definitely get to a dentist as soon as you think you have an abscessed tooth, there is residual pain while the antibiotics take effect, so I just want to share an excellent home remedy for the pain caused by an abscess inside the mouth - if you have a local natural medicine store, provider or apothecary, get some clove oil. Soak the tip of cotton swab or a cotton ball (you don't need more than 5-6 drops if it's the good kind) and rub this gently wherever there is pain in the mouth. I have been in hell for 24 hours even with Vicodin and now I am much better. Good luck all and take care of those teeth!

Comment from: Unhappy Patient, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had a crown put on a tooth. I have been back to the dentist 4 times complaining that the crown did not fit correctly. I told him I felt it was too big. He admitted it was a bit big and he filed the crown down so it would not hit on the bottom tooth. He has adjusted it twice and finally the tooth went bad. I had to have a root canal. Three days later I was back in his office with a swollen face and neck. I told the Dentist I was sure I had an abscess. He took an x-ray and said no that I was swollen due to the work done. I told him I was fevering and didn't feel good. He said I would be fine. So Monday, I was back in with more swelling and a black eye, sick and unhappy. Again, I told him I had an abscess and could he lance it to relieve the pressure. Again he took and x-ray and said nothing shows and gave me an antibiotic. After 4 days of misery it burst and I have relief. Now, I have a tender jaw and gland in my neck. I guess I will be finding a new Dentist…One that listens!

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 10

I had a dental abscess and I had been not feeling well for a month. Then my teeth at the front became sensitive, and I couldn't sleep. At the time I had some important work to finish and couldn't even spare time for the dentist. Because the pain was unbearable I went to the dentist and she completed a root canal treatment, and gave me strong antibiotics. The next day my face ballooned very badly. I went to the doctor and he gave me a prescription. He said I may have to go to casualty. I did this the next day, but apparently they don't deal with teeth. I phoned NHS Direct and they gave me lots of useful information. I return to the dentist after the weekend. I just hope it bursts.

Comment from: Shirly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I had a toothache for about a week and I couldn't sleep, eat or even talk properly. The nerves were really sensitive, so I decided to go to my local dentist to check what was up with my teeth. She told me I have an abscess, which has infected my tooth and gums. She told me to have an emergency treatment to drill me teeth to let the pressure out and put some dressing on the infected teeth with an antibiotic. I feel much better and I have no pain, only my jaw is a little sore.

Comment from: G. McKenzie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I had a bridge replaced. About 2 weeks after the new bridge was put in I started feeling dull pain. As time went on, it got progressively worse. I went back to the dentist and he could find no problem even after x-rays. About a month after that I woke to find an abscess with pus. My feeling is the bridge is fitted wrong, so I'm going to the dentist today.

Comment from: Hamish, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I had slight pain in the tooth on and off for a couple of weeks, then more persistent pain - quite a dull pain - not like the pain when you need a filing. I had nausea and feeling of being very lightheaded. I also had a fever along with the pain, which sent me to the dentist. The tooth was extracted due to the size of the abscess and the shape of the tooth.

Comment from: living doll, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

For my dental abscess, I had soreness where the infection is located and I can't open my mouth all the way. Also, I have had a lot of swelling in my gums.

Comment from: Reez, Published: September 13

The symptoms of my abscess were extreme pain when tapping my tooth or above my tooth along the gum. It felt as if cold air was blowing into my mouth causing tooth ache. I also had referred pain and thought that I had 2 abscesses, apparently common. The signs, tooth ache and swelling cheek making me look like a chipmunk.

Comment from: becky, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I had a problem with my front tooth for some time I went to a new dentist and was given antibiotics which have not worked. I'm in a lot of pain. I can't sleep or eat and I'm always taking painkillers. I need to speak to my dentist as soon as possible. I was given more antibiotics. I have not yet finished the course and I have three days left but I am in terrible pain so I will contact my dentist as soon as possible.

Comment from: thumper, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I had my first cavity when I was 12 years old. I had it filled and it was fine, up until 10 years ago. I had it refilled. I am now 44 years old. Ever since this tooth has been very sensitive, but now I am pretty sure it is abscessed. I have not had a cleaning in at least 6 or 7 years but I take good care of my teeth. Anyway, I am in a lot of pain and I have a small lump under that tooth and I went to a "fast food" type dentistry place that gives you a free consultation. He said that I need a new filling. But what about this lump and the ridiculous pain I have been having.

Comment from: DanniA, Female Published: May 13

I have an abscess just above my right-hand wisdom tooth. I am in a lot of pain finding it hard to swallow, my right cheek is swollen along with my gums. I am trying my best to get into an emergency dentist. As time is going on the pain is getting worse and I'm starting to get a fever with it. I haven't visited my local dentist for 6 years I am now 22 and I wish I hadn't left it for so long. After this abscess is sorted I have made a promise to myself I will re-register with my local dentist as I would like to avoid this pain in the future. And my advice to anybody who hasn't been to their local dentist for a while like me, get registered now as this pain is something I would not like to go through again.

Comment from: shar, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

Two years ago I had on and off pain and swelling in lower jaw/gums every four months. I went to a dentist to get it checked. He said I had a hole in my tooth and needed to get it filled. I went along with that advice and regretted it. Two weeks later I went to a different dentist begging to rip the tooth out it was so painful. The tooth got pulled out and the abscess was connected and pulled out with it – lucky!

Medically reviewed by Joseph T. Palermo, DO; Board Certification Internal Medicine/Geriatric Medicine

REFERENCE:

Laskin, D. "Anatomic Considerations in the Diagnosis and Management of Odontogenic Infections." JADA 69 (1964): 308-316.

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