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How to Get Rid of an Abscess Tooth Pus and Pain at Home?

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Having an abscess tooth is one of the worst dental pains ever! Left untreated can lead to more pain, facial swelling, and in some cases, it even can become fatal because the infection can go into your blood stream and abscess can also travel to your brain!

You don't want to prolong being untreated for your abscess tooth, so seeing a dentist is very important! But there are times that you can't see a dentist due to financial reasons, so I've created this article to help you manage the pain until you're able to see a dentist for treatment.

Also I'll talk about ways to help lessen the pain with home remedies, what foods to avoid, and helpful tips in cold and warm weather.

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The Pain is Horrible!

Having an abscess can be no fun because it can cause pain and swelling which can make you feel miserable! One of the worst dental health problems is having an abscess tooth. It's the most painful thing in the world! Even worst than a regular toothache!

I remember having two abscess teeth in my mouth due to not taking care of my teeth properly, like not flossing daily and not visiting the dentist regularly.

I was always in pain and the abscess teeth affected my sinuses. Orajel did not work at all! I've felt like I wanted to die! If only I was visiting my dentist regularly every six months, I could've prevented this problem!

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How Do You Get an Abscess in Your Tooth and Gums?

People wonder how your tooth begin to abscess and develop pus? Well first, if you do not treat your cavity or crack tooth right away the infection in the tooth will hit the nerve.

Then the tooth will create a puss because it's trying to fight the infection in the tooth. The puss is very foul smelling and creates the tooth to hurt and cause your gums around the tooth to start swelling.

I remember waking up one morning looking like a chipmunk on the side of my face! Once the pus breaks through the gums it creates a boil that looks like a pimple.

Sometimes the boil may burst and the puss will break through the gums which creates an awful taste in your mouth and creates bad breath. But the good thing about the pus breaking through the gums that it gives you some relief from the pain.

Now just because the pus came out your gums doesn't mean your abscess tooth is completely gone away; it'll keep coming back until you either have a root canal or have the tooth extracted.

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Word of Advice

Hot and cold weather can really start affecting your abscess tooth and start causing pain. When you're outside, try speaking less especially when it's cold outside so the cold or hot air won't hit the affected nerve and cause more tooth pain.

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How to Control Abscess Tooth Pain

There are some ways to control the abscess tooth pain for temporary relief:

1. Do warm salt water rinses several times a day.

2. Use a pain reliever like orajel around the tooth.

3. Get some pain medicines from the store or dentist.

4. Have your dentist prescribe antibiotics to control the abscess for awhile until you get a tooth extraction or root canal.

5. Get a sandwich bag and fill it up with ice and lay it on the swollen side of your cheek.

6. For more home remedies for abscess tooth that I used and others used, visit this home remedies website with thousands of helpful ideas. Click Here

Foods to Avoid When Having an Abscess Tooth

These list of foods should be avoided to help stop abscess formation. Try not to eat these until tooth has been treated by a dentist.

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
  2. White Flour
  3. Alcohol
  4. Caffeine
  5. Chocolate
  6. Bread and Whole Grains
  7. Fruit
  8. Sweets
  9. Pasteurized Milk

Abscess Tooth Can Lead to Periodontal Disease and More Health Problems

Don't keep a abscess tooth in your mouth too long because eventually the tooth will die and you'll lose the tooth. Also you can develop a disease in your gums called Periodontal Disease which can create receding gums and tooth or teeth lost.

In some cases, having an abscess tooth can lead you into becoming very ill and sometimes leads to death. Now this is very scary so try to see a dentist right away. But if you don't have dental insurance, there are ways to save up to 50%-60% off your dental bill.

You can Avoid the Infection From Developing

Remember, having an abscess tooth can be easily preventable by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, floss between your teeth, not eating a lot of sweets, and going to your dental check ups every 6 months to have your teeth checked. If your tooth is cracked, don't leave it that way because 9 times out of 10, you will develop an infection that leads to an abscess.

Can't See a Dentist Because You Can't Afford It?

Here are some ways to see a dentist if you can't financially afford it.

  1. Go to your local welfare office and see if you qualify to get your states Medicaid. If you have low income and under poverty level, you may qualify.
  2. Visit a dental school. Dental students and their instructors will work on your teeth for a lower price than seeing a dentist.
  3. Find a dentist that charge you base on your income. Usually the waiting list is pretty long.
  4. Find a dentist that offers payment plans. Pay month to month until you finish off paying your dental bill.

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Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on November 02, 2019:

Out of my strong belief in the body's ability to heal itself, I avoid doctors (and dentists) as much as possible, not out of any financial concerns.

Due to experimentation in life, however, problems have arisen at my senior age status. Cavities and abcesses are not just about bacteria. These result from an imbalance in biochemistry. Medical Medium (Anthony Williams) points out that tooth decay happens because of ammonia created in the stomach. Toothbrushes don't reach the digestive tract! So, we need to keep our internal bodies (blood) alkaline with a 70% raw diet. Organically grown fruits and vegetables are eaten at appropriate times of the day. A general fast 1-2 days a week helps the body "clean house."

Certain supplements can be used when there is a shortage of organic produce.

Faith and a positive attitude increases longevity.

Today's technology offers laser cleaning, as opposed to root canals and extraction.

If you love your "pretty pearls," read. Research. Discover the alternatives that feel right for you.

By the way, burdock root tea and supplement are helpful in reducing inflammation.


Merlese on June 02, 2019:

Ihave by gums swollen and teeth shaking and hurting.

Shannon on January 09, 2019:

I have a cracked tooth on the lower right side of my mouth and have been having abscesses and pain for yrs no insurance can't get on medicaid in a lot of pain

janine on October 14, 2015:

im not sure if it is an abscessed tooth im dealing with. I do have a tooth that has almost decayed (if that's the right word) out of my mouth. I brush my teeth every day, and on sunday noticed some pain in my gums, I think I might have brushed the area too hard. on Monday, I woke up and the left side of my face was swollen. I actually went to urgent care, I was given a shot of ceftriaxone sodium, and was put on amoxicillin. I use an orajel antiseptic rinse, along with swishing with warm to hot salt water. im really not in pain, its more discomfort, now ive noticed that I might have some drooping from being swollen. I normally drink a cup of coffee in the morning, and then water all day...I don't use a a lot of salt in my meals, and not really any junk food. other then clearly getting into a dentist, what else can I do

coffee with my sugar on December 10, 2014:

Currently taking meds for an abscess on my upper-right 2nd molar. Using Antibiotics, T3's and Ibuprofen for meds. During the day I apply heat to the swollen area on my cheek (warm baths is very effective) to mask the pain. When I go to bed I apply ice packs wrapped in a damp cloth to help keep the swelling down. I've tried the garlic and clove oil tricks but I don't think they are all that effective with my situation. If it was a lower jaw infection (which is more dangerous) than it is easier to rest your mouth. Warm saltwater helps too but to a degree.

However, the pain of a toothache, does not compare anywhere to a kidney stone. If you have never experienced one of those - consider yourself a lucky one, for now. :P

Victoria on December 07, 2014:

I'm in the midst of dealing with an abscessed tooth because of a tooth that had been broken and crowned. It's a recurring issue, but so far it only happened twice in three years. Once it pops, it's gone for a good long while. The abscess takes about a week for it to build up enough to pop, and for some strange reason, the first time I had an abscess and popped it, it came up through between the gums and the tooth! I got lucky enough that I didn't have to lance it. This time, not so much. I'll have to actually jab this one myself to drain it and I'm dreading it, but it's the best thing I can do.

Anonymous on October 15, 2014:

@Louidam1 LM:

I've been suffering from an abscess tooth on my left lower jaw for 2 years now, all started with biting into a frozen Smartie when I tried Smartie Icecream. Broke off a large chunk of my tooth and have been on anti-biotics 12 times in the time since the initial incident of my tooth breaking. I'm 15 now. My dad lost his job and has been working off and on whenever he can, my mom is an 8 hour drive away and money is tight over there too, my sister just had her twins but lost her job to too much missed work even after she had gone on maternity leave. They really hooped her over. But now my mom is a grandmother, taking care of 2 teenagers, my oldest sister (23yrs) and two infants of 1 1/2 months. She also recently got married. I'm on medication for GERD, which I was recently diagnosed with when I found I puked with anything I ate and lost 27.8lbs within two weeks of it starting. I'm now back to my normal weight of 116.9lbs since I've started the medication. Also on low-dose anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds. Anyway, seeing a dentist really isn't an option, plus when I checked the videos and links, they lead to dentists in the US and I'm in Canada. It's 4am and I've had about 10 hours of sleep total from the amount of swelling/pain since last Thursday, which is considerable seeing as I sleep 9 1/2 hours each night. I'm a side sleeper, and find I fall asleep on my left side more often than not. I've also been constantly spitting out yellowish/brownish diluted blood all day today (Tuesday) and I am considering asking my mom to take me to the ER. All I was able to eat today was super soft baby potatoes no bigger than the size of a quarter, and a fudgsicle to numb my mouth a bit when the pain hit an all time high about 3 1/2 hours ago. I'm at my mothers on stress leave from school, also to recover from the trauma from the problem with my stomach. I don't want to trouble her with an ER visit and a definite dentist visit in the future because I don't know about her coverage anymore since she switched jobs. At her old job in a medical office she had extended medical, but now she works for the same company in a different department and I have no clue about her benefits, I only know that if I do have coverage then it's through her. I'm scared of hospitals-I've had to watch quite a few of my loved ones die in hospitals, and especially tense around needles due to a combination of a bad blood test experience where I was left with pooling of blood in my arm (ended in a hospital visit) and a dentist visit—I had a tooth pulled due to overcrowding, but my body burns through freezing agents at an accelerated rate (still for an unknown reason, there's no correlation in either side of my family) and they had waited for it to "kick in" and didn't listen to me when I told them they had waited too long and I could feel everything. I told them they would have to give me the adult dosage and pull the tooth within 2-3 minutes of giving me the freezing shot. They shrugged me off and pulled the tooth, which was excruciating: my stepfather's hand turned pale white from his melato skin tone from how hard I was grabbing it, I also broke two bones in his hand. From the first shot the dentist had given me, it has left a small hole in the back of the roof of my mouth—not any glands in the normal human anatomy, seeing as I did NOT have this small hole beforehand. They had given me a second freezing shot at my mother's request (fit is more like it) after they had sewn up the holes from my roots, which helped in getting home. Now ever since I've demanded to go to an IV sedation dentist for all my visits (I had another tooth pulled again due to overcrowding). I know I can't handle being awake for a tooth extraction, which is exactly what I need, but IV sedation dentists are very high costs, which is why I haven't gone to see the dentist thus far. If my father hadn't lost his job then I would've had this tooth dealt with months ago on the last anti-biotic track I was on. Anyway. Pain-killers aren't working tonight and I've been in tears with pain since 2am. I popped the swelling bubble on the inside of my gums at the tooth, and pushed on it with my tongue until it released puss and blood and the pain dulled for about 45 minutes (using my finger was too painful). I've popped it yet again while writing this to maybe bring down the swelling. I'm with how I deal with things, and I cleaned away every bit of pus and diluted blood that appeared, I even gently scrubbed my tongue with the back of my toothbrush just to be on the safe side. If I look at my infected tooth, where the missing piece is, it's black and a dark red from congealed blood: the pain started up when I accidentally chewed my typical morning piece of gum on the left side of my mouth instead of the right side. Now I am scared of having another medical emergency–like I said, I hate hospitals and stress, I don't want to worry my mother or stress her out. I know she will be up for work soon but there's nothing she can really do, I've tried every home remedy I could find and none have been helping except for draining the puss, which now only helps for 5-10 minutes at a time. I'm at my breaking point from the pain, I'd rather be in another car accident than be in this pain right now. I'd really prefer broken bones and internal bleeding to an abscess tooth LOL now that I think of it it sounds extreme but it's true. The pain is terrible, and I've taken extra strength Ibuprofen (straight stuff), Advil Night (two extra strength capsules which will usually put me out for a full 12 hours) and extra-strength Tylenol (which always works for me). Yesterday I ran out of Motrin, which is my typical go-to pain medication. My doctor is back in Vancouver, and I do have an appointment with him for when I get back (a checkup to see about how my medication is working) and the walk-in clinics around here are not only closed but they won't prescribe any pain-killers. The only thing I could really get would be penicillin to fight off the infection temporarily. The ER could give me something better I'm sure, but then again, my fears of hospitals and needles. It seems I'm in a circle of pain and I don't know what to do. I have tried your tips and none have been working for me. Please, please help!

Matt on September 15, 2014:

Just cured a massive tooth infection with.. nano silver.. It was the weekend and my dentist was closed.. I swelled up and look like Quasimodo on steroids! I drank around 1 and a half quarts of (self made) nano silver @ around 8ppm.. and 16oz of colloidal silver @ 30ppm..(just for insurance) and by Monday I'm 90% infection free.. Also.. prevents Ebola.. Air Force PDF study..

kelly-lamberti1 on May 25, 2014:

@anonymous: Micheal,

Oh I know the feeling I am going through it now. You talk about painful. Not to sure why all of a sudden it came on. I was diagnosed with TMJ and one morning I was yawning and my jaw popped and then the pain never stopped

FirstClassDenta on November 14, 2013:

Great lens, thanks for sharing. I think the most important action anyone can take is to visit the dentist, and as you alure to in your column, a dental plan can make the treatment affordable to almost anyone.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on November 06, 2013:


Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on August 12, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Michael! I hope by now you were able to see a dentist or go to the E.R.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on August 12, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Michael! Don't just stay in pain, go to the E.R.!!!!!!!!!!

anonymous on August 09, 2013:

Unbearable, unbelievable, I've worked so hard this past two weeks, really looking forward to relaxing for the weekend, and now this -on a Friday evening just as I am relaxing with a glass of wine, this pain. There was no minor pain leading up to this. Out of blue, it is extraordinary, out of the blue - the pain, it is like a metal pole wedged down the right hand side of my face, and vibrating. horrible. I'm biting, clenching, grinding onto a toothbrush which is more of an attempt at distracting the pain. My girlfriend is gone away for the night, I'm here alone - It is awful; it is never ending, I've tried the warm salty water, the I have a strong mouth wash although this seems to aggravate it more....society has it all wrong we should all have our teeth removed at birth and have false ones; when you consider I am, no Dentist to get a Taxi too, and I am in excruciating pain, I think I will get a taxi to A & E -it is funny, I am in so much pain, the thought of even giving my details to the ER receptionist is terrifying...It's 4 hours now and it is getting worse, - the throbbing is getting heavier - my glands have swelled up, every hour something additional starts to deform, a new area of pain emerges...Never ever, in my life have I encountered such a grinding, excruciating pain as this, it is killing me!! absolute nightmare

anonymous on August 09, 2013:

Jesus Christ......around 3 hours ago this pain just emerged out of nowhere, I can see the Abscess. pain is unbearable. nothing is working, never encountered such a sharp pain, then throbs, yet has not let up...there is not dentist open and I've only basic pain killers which are doing very licence is closed and i can't even get whiskey,,,it is the worst pain one can imagine

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on August 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Lisa! Yes keep the area as clean as possible. If you second opinion says you need a root canal, I think you need to get it done.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on August 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Lisa! Yes keep the area as clean as possible. If you second opinion says you need a root canal, I think you need to get it done.

anonymous on August 05, 2013:

I rinse my mouth with hydrogen peroxide occasionally and I eat watermelon besides prayer. The pain seems gone but I am still going to get a 2nd opinion from a dentist to see if I still need root canal.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on August 04, 2013:

@anonymous: The boil must not appeared yet but right now is the best time to go to the dentist beause having and abscess is a infection that can lead to more problems in your mouth.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on August 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Gabby! You must have either the root canal or get the tooth pulled.

anonymous on August 04, 2013:

Also my jaw is swollen & I know its from my tooth that I've been having problems with, but no pus pocket or what not?

anonymous on August 04, 2013:

If I have an abscess do I have to get a root canal or can I get it pulled?

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on July 31, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey! Your swelling should be down now but you really need to go to the dentist ASAP to get a root canal because you don't want to leave a infection in your mouth. Once you finish your antibiotics, the abscess will come back, so that is why getting a root canal is important.

anonymous on July 30, 2013:

I am dealing with an abscess tooth at the moment. I had to go to my doctor yesterday to get a physical for cheerleading and also showed my doctor the horrible swelling and pain I was having. I am only 13 and this is the 3rd abscess I have had in my lateral incisor. I got prescribed Amoxicillin (antibiotics). I have been using ice pack as well. I used a needle to pop the bubble but with no pus coming out. However, when I woke up, there was pus coming out. I have been lightly been pushing on it every once in a while and then putting toilet paper that is folded. I have only been taking the antibiotics for just about 2 days now. Also, I have been taking Ibuprofen as well to reduce swelling with no relief. Hopefully, the swelling will have gone down by tomorrow, for I have cheerleading practice tomorrow and plans for the remainder of the week.

anonymous on July 27, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi Kristin...I am a dental hygienist. Definitely go back to the ER...An abcess is an infection that you don't want to play around with...if the infection spreads to other areas of your body, it has the potential to possibly create life threatening problems. Please get the help you need.

anonymous on July 24, 2013:

I have been dealing with an Abcess for a week. My wisdom tooth is broke off and I nevver got it looked at. I went to the dentist and got pain med and antibiotic. I went to Er the same night cuz I couldn't take the pain. I was admitted n put on iv antibiotics. I got frustrated n left. But now I wonder if I should go back. I been on antibiotics for 5 days and the pain and extreme swelling in my face and jaw are getting no better. What should I do.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on July 01, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Jilliana! Thanks for this great tip! I hope people will find it useful.

anonymous on June 29, 2013:

I have been chewing on saltine crackers over the affected area to sooth the swelling in my gums. Constantly rinsing with mouthwash, constantly flossing, and taking naproxen and finding a fullfilling relief after mainly the saltine crackers and something warm to drink.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on June 17, 2013:

@anonymous: You got an abscess after your dentist pulled out your wisdom tooth? You need to go back right away!!!!!!

anonymous on June 17, 2013:


im going threw it right now. see ive already had my wisdom teeth pulled a month ago and i got and abscess tooth . so i went to the ER and they gave me a shot for the pain and medicine for the infection. its been a week and my face is swelled up again and hurts idk what to do.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on June 17, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Megan! See a dentist! An abscess will not get better on its own, it'll get worst!

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on June 17, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Kay. The penicillin should help the swelling and get rid of the infection in time for your appointment. Follow the instructions of when you need to take the antibiotics and you'll be fine. If you have a problem swallowing, you should crush the pills and then drink it with water. Don't worry about the infection going to your blood stream, it's rare that it'll happen but since you're seeing your dentist this week, you'll be just fine.

anonymous on June 16, 2013:

Yes! I am currently passed the pain part but noticed this morning my jaw is swollen, gums (around the broke in-half wisdom tooth) inflamed & red, & I'm having a tought time swallowing even my penicillin. I have an appointment Thursday but I'm scared the infection will still be there & they might not want to touch it :( I'm scared about the possibility of it hitting the blood stream!! I'm a mother of 3 & worried for the worst :(

anonymous on June 13, 2013:

I have an abscess above my tooth, and it doesn't really hurt if I don't mess with it. I'm scared to go to the dentist

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on June 10, 2013:

@anonymous: When I created this article, I wanted to give people my point of view about having an abscess tooth since I went through it a couple of times. I know how painful it is and wanted to show people how to get some relief from it while waiting to see a dentist. I'm glad Tim you've enjoyed my article and found it helpful to you!

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on June 10, 2013:

@anonymous: Well the good thing is that you're having relief from pain now. I hope you'll be able to get your root canal soon.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on June 10, 2013:

@anonymous: Your dentist should have prescribe you with pain meds. Like Tim said above....GO TO THE ER!!!!!

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

@Louidam1 LM: And thanx for your concern Louidam1.

I remember coming to this board in my darkest hour and just reading some posts offered a little relief.

I now know one can't comment on pain until they have actually experienced deep pain.I had crazy thoughts after the lancing like "I think this was bad and there are people who get shot in the mouth" I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE.

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

@Louidam1 LM: No.

The root canal held according to the dentist.

But I happened right above it.

Dentist claims it could have come from another area of my mouth.

The relief when lanced was immediate and have not taken ONE pain pill since.

On the mend and I am glad I found this site.

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

Go to the ER Vicky.

There is no use subjecting yourself to torture.

And find a dentist who can take you immediately.

anonymous on June 07, 2013:

i am going through this right now i went dentist last week she said i have an abcess no pain reliefe just antitbiotic which made me so ill with no appointment till next week for 4 nights on the trot i have been awake and crying my eyes out !!! id do labour than this any day i have a really high pain tolenrence mother 2 two babies all natural no pain relief !!!!

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on June 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Christina! Have you thought about getting a dental plan to save money on your dental bill? Saved me a lot of money when I got my root canal and cap done. I explain more about it on this article if you're interested.

anonymous on June 05, 2013:

@anonymous: Oh no. I feel your pain. I am in the weeping stage myself right now. I have an abscess under my 2nd molar on the bottom left and it's KILLING ME. They gave me hydrocodone or something, but even this is barely helping. The soonest appt available for a root canal to be done is in 6 days from now. I don't know if I can take it much longer.

I'm trying to compare what hurts more. Labor pains, or this dental pain. So far, they are pretty equal haha. OMG I wanna rip my tooth out NOW. Not to mention that the root canal and cap and stuff is gonna run me about $1500 or so, cause I don't have insurance. *cries more*

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on June 05, 2013:

@anonymous: Gosh Charlie, that's not good! I hope you can get the dreaded abscess gone for good!

anonymous on June 05, 2013:

@anonymous: Oh man that sounds terrible I hope you are feeling better now. I'm on day 2 of my nightmare with an abscess under a tooth which has now had two fillings and three root canals. It lasted a year after the last but now the dreaded infection is back. I know that days of pain are in the post. Not a good feeling to have

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on June 03, 2013:

@anonymous: OMG Tim! That is just awful! Now you'll need to have another root canal done. Good luck to you and hope you get that infection cleared up. Also thanks for sharing your story!

anonymous on June 01, 2013:

Living the nightmare !

I had a root canal,post & crown done on May 7th and all seemed well until May 27th when I developed the most extreme pain in my life.

Even worse than the herniated disc I had in 1993.

The pain was above where the initial work at the dentist was done so of course I went back to him,had two Xrays and it sowed NO ABSCESS.

he gave me hydrocodon for 2 days. That night I thought I wanted to die.

The pain was unbearable. Could not sleep of course and just sat up with my head in my hands weeping. Yes weeping! And I am supposed to be the tough guy.

I almost went to the ER just for relief but then I took 3 hydrocodon (against my better judgement) and I was "OK" as far as pain goes. I now see why some people under continuous pain get hooked on these.

Two hours later I insisted on an appointment that day and got into the doctor.

a huge abscess right in the center of the roof of my mouth that had developed withing the last two hours and one on the outer gum on the top dental area.

I thought I had pain that night?

Try having the roof of your mouth lanced and your outer gum.

The pain went to different levels I had not even imagined.

Right now I am on drugs to relieve the swelling as it looks as if I have been in a bar fight and lost and one to deter future pus build up.

I am fearing I have to go to the doctor again and have another lancing.

I wish you all the best.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on May 14, 2013:

@FastHelp: Yeah, having an abscess is not a pretty site to see.

FastHelp on May 14, 2013:

Good grief those pictures are painful to look at.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on May 13, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Scott. The abscess is in the tooth. The infection broke through the root of your tooth and created a boil of pus on your gums. You must either have a root canal or tooth removed. A root canal is not as bad as you think. I was scared at first too but the procedure is not painful at all since the dentist will numb you.

anonymous on May 12, 2013:

Is there a way other than getting a root canal, because what if it is on your gums not your tooth, please help idk what to do and I'm afraid of getting a root canal

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on May 09, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Lacey! I remember putting a tea bag against my gums before when my tooth was abscessed but for some reason it didn't help me with my pain. I guess it works for some people. Glad to know it worked for you!

anonymous on May 09, 2013:

I currently have an abscess so I know the pain everyone's experiencing :( after many sleepless nights I found a home remedy online that works wonders! Put a tea bag in your mouth against the gum of the tooth. It will continue to hurt for about 10 mins but then will stop! It's the only way I can get rest! I hope this helps someone else find relief!

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on May 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Bobby! Have you ever thought about getting a dental plan to save on your dental bills? That's what I did when I didn't have dental insurance. Also, the ER can give you antibiotics to help calm down the infection.

anonymous on May 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Ihave a severe absessed tooth but no way to go to dentist because thy all want money up front. Hard to get treated without an emergency dentist like the emergency rooms.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on May 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Anton! You can put a ice pack on your cheek. That should help.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on May 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Jen! The penicillin should clear up the infection for awhile but the abscess will come back if a dentist doesn't do a root canal. You will really need to go see a dentist. If you don't have one, you'll need to find one. With the pain, take some pain meds.

anonymous on May 05, 2013:

My tooth isn't abscessed, but I have an abscess pretty far under my molar. It was tiny, and it popped, but it hurts worse. There is a ton of swelling and pain directly under my jawbone. I have been prescribed penicillin but unfortunately, I do not have a dentist.

anonymous on May 05, 2013:

Hey, so what can I do ta bring tha swelling down?

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on May 01, 2013:

@Thetoothfaerie: Good! Having an abscess tooth is no fun at all!!!!!

Thetoothfaerie on May 01, 2013:

No, and I hope I never have the pleasure.

anonymous on April 16, 2013:

Mmm, really useful information. Thanks for sharing.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on April 16, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Mark! Is there anyway you can visit a dentist because they can prescribe you with antibiotics and pain pills that you need until you can get a root canal or tooth extraction. Also below I've listed some home remedies to try out to ease the pain.

anonymous on April 16, 2013:

I have eally bad headache and can tell its an absese but can't go to dentist and do have soothing gel! is there anything ese I can use the now?

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on April 14, 2013:

@anonymous: That really sucks Darren! I hope there are dentist out there you can visit. In the meantime get some pain pills.

anonymous on April 13, 2013:

Yep i have abscess but I am in Malaysia so thousands of miles from home :'(

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on April 12, 2013:

@anonymous: That's right CF!

anonymous on April 11, 2013:

@anonymous: No it will not go away in its own. You'll need to get on antibiotics and then once the infection is gone you'll need to have the tooth treated by a dentist. Often this will be a root canal and a crown.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on April 10, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Destiny. You need to call your dentist and let them know about your pain. If pain meds don't work and you can't get in touch with your dentist you may need to go to an E.R. I hope you feel better soon!

anonymous on April 10, 2013:

I went in for a root canal and they did a partial because my roots arent done growing and now im in twrrible aginizing paain they gave me antibiotics but i need help now

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on April 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Michael! I actually never had my tooth removed but from what I've heard it's a quick and painless procedure because the dentist will either numb you or put you to sleep.

anonymous on April 05, 2013:

Just got back from emergency dentists .. they couldn't drain the abscess. So have referred me to queen Victoria hospital, east grinstead to have a tooth surgically removed as the roots look awkward. Is this a quick and easy procedure? ?

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on April 05, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Hassan! Salt water rinses should calm the pain down a bit but it may not completely get rid of the pain- well it worked for me some anyway. You really need the antibiotics that the dentist prescribe for you to get rid of the pain for awhile but the abscess will come back if you don't get a root canal or get the tooth pulled.

anonymous on April 04, 2013:

Will the abscess pain go if I rinse my mouth with warm salt water? I am having this pain for 2-3 days now.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on April 01, 2013:

@anonymous: OMG Debnar! With that much infection in your mouth, you got to be miserable! Do the things I suggested in this article like avoid certain foods to keep the abscess at bay.

Also, go down to your local heath department and see if they can help you since you're unemployed. They may be able to get you on Medicaid which can be used at some dental offices.

anonymous on March 30, 2013:

i have probably six abcesses and no way of getting them treated cause the money required is to much and theres nowhere hiring in my area and theres a good chance they'll be the death of me

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on March 22, 2013:

@MamaWildcraft: Not good! I did the same thing by putting it off going to the dentist and all it did was create my abscess to become worst and more painful. Visit a dentist if you can ASAP!

MamaWildcraft on March 22, 2013:

Yep. I have a recurring abscess right now that I've been putting off going to the dentist for.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on March 19, 2013:

@anonymous: Oh no Sarah! I've been there before suffering with abscess in my mouth and couldn't afford to go to the dentist. Here are your options:

1. Get a Dental Plan which will give you deep discounts on your dental bills.

2. Go to your local Health Department and see if they have dentist that goes by your income. If they do then there might be a waiting list.

3. Find a Dental School that takes in outside people to have their teeth worked on. Now also know that students will be working on your teeth with their instructor.

Good luck Sarah and please try to find a way to see a dentist soon. Start saving up money.

anonymous on March 18, 2013:

i unfortunately have three right now and I'm suffering because my financial issues are constant!

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on March 11, 2013:

@mcspocky lm: Oh no! I hope you're able to go to the dentist soon!

mcspocky lm on March 11, 2013:

I'm having problems with one at this very moment. :(

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on March 07, 2013:

@birdsdword: Ouch!

birdsdword on March 06, 2013:

Most certainly!

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on February 28, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Juanita! Seems like your dentist should've done a x-ray the first time instead of wasting your time with the filling. For the time being, follow some of my steps below to help control the pain while you wait for your root canal. Sorry you have to wait until next week to get your abscess tooth fixed.

anonymous on February 28, 2013:

Just went to the dentist today after hvn numerous sleepless nights. The first time I went he adjusted my fillings n filed the tooth down it help for a day then I noticed the problem was still present. So today I went back n they finally took an x-ray now I hv an abcess tooth n hv to go for a root canal next week.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on February 26, 2013:

@Allison Whitehead: Hey Allison! I remember those sleepless nights too. The antibiotics kicked in after a full day of taking them for me. But I hope to Never have an abscess tooth again!!!!!!!

Allison Whitehead on February 25, 2013:

Yes and you're right, it IS one of the most painful things to happen. Hot water bottles can reduce the pain but I had a couple of sleepless nights waiting for the antibiotics to work before they could take the tooth out. Ouch!

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on February 21, 2013:

@Carpenter76: OMG wow! I'm so glad you got that surgery before it was too late! Thanks for sharing your story!

Carpenter76 on February 21, 2013:

No had an abscess in another part of my body and didn't believe it could do me harm. At some point I was rushed to hospital and they did an emergency surgery on me, I had already signs of blood poisening. So it really can be dangerous! Learned the hard way.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on February 20, 2013:

@SmoothWhale: It's great to see a face to people I'm talking to that is not from Squidoo. I'm glad to be able to help people with problems I've endured. Thanks so much for your kind words!

SmoothWhale on February 20, 2013:

@Louidam1 LM: Btw this is me, I created an account for one reason. Louidam1. This is her user name. Her input today made a world of a difference today. I can honestly respect the people on this site, sharing their stories and finding solutions to their everyday problems and resolve them with the world, again thanks Louidam1

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on February 20, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey Antonio. It's time to see a dentist ASAP! Don't keep that infection in your mouth so it doesn't spread. If you can't see a dentist right now, try to visit your doctor to get pain killers and antibiotics until you can see a dentist.

anonymous on February 20, 2013:

The weather has changed dramatically in here in Florida and I was working late outside. Sunday morning, I noticed my right lymph node was swollen and I had a large pack of white spots in the back of the lower right of my mouth. I've taken pain killers to ease the pain. I 'm thinking, is it time to see a doctor or dentist? I am in so much pain right now.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on February 18, 2013:

@anonymous: Yes they do!

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on February 18, 2013:

@ReesMarketing: Ouch! You should get your abscess tooth taken care of very soon!

ReesMarketing on February 18, 2013:

Have one now, have had a few the worst pain you can have.

anonymous on February 14, 2013:

They hurt so bad.

Lou Martin (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on February 14, 2013:

@JodiFromFlorida: No they are not! Ugh!

JodiFromFlorida on February 14, 2013:

Yes and they aren't fun.

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